Large-Scale Hospital Mattress Switch-Out Leads to Reduction Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers: Operationalization of a Multidisciplinary Task Force

Kerri Elsabrout, Eleanor Orbacz, Leigh Anne McMahon, Susan Apold

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Abstract

Background: Identifying strategies to protect patients most at risk for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) is essential. HAPUs have significant impact on patients and their families and have profound cost and reimbursement implications. Aims: This article describes the successful implementation of a hospital-wide mattress switch-out program using a Multidisciplinary Task Force, which resulted in a decrease in HAPUs and significant cost savings. Results: As a result of this quality improvement project supported by evidence, the hospital realized a 66.6% decrease in Stage III and IV HAPUs, a 50% reduction in patient complaints about mattress comfort, a cost savings of $714,724, and an endorsement of bedside nurse clinical autonomy by nursing and executive leaders. Linking Evidence to Action: Nursing leaders can effectively realize large-scale initiatives by developing and implementing wide-ranging operational projects, like this 2.5-day, 275-bed hospital mattresses switch-out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-169
Number of pages9
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • mattress
  • multidisciplinary
  • pressure injury
  • pressure ulcer
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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