Reducing the Frequency of Pediatric Pressure Ulcers

A 2002 article regarding the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers in children reported from survey data that the incidence of pressure ulcers in children was less than 0.3 percent. In 2011, we know this not to be the case. In fact, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers are on the rise. Perhaps healthcare providers thought pressure ulcers were infrequent simply because we weren’t looking for them. We have made great strides here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in reducing the frequency of pediatric pressure ulcers. What’s more, we are continuing our efforts to drive that frequency all the way down to zero. Listen in as Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s staff weighs in on this important issue: Michelle Miller, MD, Chief of the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michelle McKissick, Vice President of Surgical and Critical Care nursing and Leah Keller, Quality Improvement Coordinator and your host, Rick McClead, MD, Medical Director for Quality Improvement Services.

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