Staff Injury Prevalence - Patient Repositioning

The incidence of pressure ulcers among hospitalized patients in the U.S. was recently reported at 455,000[1].  Frequent turning and repositioning of non-ambulatory patients is integral to pressure ulcer prevention.

In a recent 3S Consulting Group hosted survey, featured within the WOC Skin Health Weekly e-newsletter, approximately 66% of the wound and skin care clinical respondents reported that they have experienced pain or injury as a result of turning or repositioning a patient.

Of those, 91% reported the back as the area of the body that is most frequently impacted by injury.

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[1] Graves N, et al. Effect of pressure ulcers on length of hospital stay. Infection control and hospital epidemiology 2005, 26,293-7