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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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4 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 T he only hospital-acquired condition that increased in vol- ume between 2014 and 2017? Pressure injuries, which rose by 6%. By point of comparison, surgical site infec- tion rates were actually neutral during that period. I've been tracking pressure injuries over 3 decades, and I fear the problem is even worse than those statistics suggest. True, it's difficult to determine how many pressure injuries occur perioperatively because they usually don't present for hours or days after surgery. Plus, your staff is likely unaware that there's been an injury — it's not something they can always ID on the spot. But even though they can't see them, your team plays a key role in pressure injury prevention. Can We Predict and Prevent Pressure Injuries? Match redistribution and relief devices with the level of susceptibility. • UNDER PRESSURE Pressure injuries are, distressingly, on the rise. Key to preventing them is predicting which patients are most likely to develop one. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Susan M. Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse | Memphis, Tenn.

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