Pressure ulcer incidence rates vary considerably by clinical setting, ranging from 0.4% to 38% in acute care, from 2.2% to 23.9% in long-term care, and from 0% to 17% in home care (Lyder et al, 2012). Pressure injuries are a challenge through the healthcare continuum. The cost of care to nation, health insurance, hospitals, nursing homes is estimated at $9.1 TO $11.6 billion per year in the US (Levine 2016). It is very important to prevent pressure ulcers in the hospital and nursing plays a significant role in that prevention.
Nurses today need be updated on the new definitions and terminology on pressure ulcer now called pressure injuries. Bedside nurses need to be competent is skin assessment. The WOCN is at the CORE and has important role as educator in this rapidly changing world of pressure injury prevention and care. It is very important to prevent pressure ulcers in the hospital and nursing plays a significant role in that prevention. To cause no harm and patient safety includes pressure ulcer prevention.