The Califonia Hospital Association has undertaken a major initiative - Advancing Safe Patient Care. As a part of that initiative, whether they realize it or not, the CHA has endorsed the methodology of the NDF Prevention Protocol. As a key example of the reduction in pressure ulcer incidence being achieved, they cite the Sutter Health network of hospitals as having reduced pressure ulcer incidence by 86 percent:
"Enhanced screening practices that identify and respond to the needs of 'at-risk' patients"
"A $10 million investment in special pressure relieving mattresses and surfaces for all patient beds, including those in ER's and operating rooms, dagnostic imaging and patient transport gurneys."
These are the two essential elements of the NDF Prevention Protocol. It is exciting to realize that this progress by the CHA provides us with a dramatic opportunity to contact hospital associations in every state to educate them about the progress being made in California.