Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Additional Sources

Today I located some wonderful references.  First of all, a 2008 paper by Amit Gefen, PhD, finds that a pressure ulcer can be initiated in as short a time as one hour.  This provides support to the essential element of the NDF Prevention Protocol that the at-risk patient must be placed on a pressure reducing surface immediately.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI.org) under their Programs section has a listing of hospitals that have made significant reductions in hospital-caused PU incidence, and that are willing to serve as mentors to other hospitals.  All of them list new support surfaces as an essential element.  I plan to ask each which support surface they procured.