Fort Loudoun Medical Center will join hospitals across the country and globe in observing World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day, November 16, 2017. Pressure Injuries, or better known as “bedsores”, are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure. It is more likely to occur on areas just as heels, ankles, hips or the tailbone area. Medicare estimates each pressure ulcer will add an additional $43, 180 in cost to a patients hospital stay.
Fort Loudoun takes pressure injuries very personal. We are committed to making sure we are doing everything possible in the care of our patients to prevent these occurrences. We have dedicated staff working together from all disciplines to make sure this does not happen on our watch. Our hope is to bring an awareness to our community of the excellent care we provide to our patients to prevent these injuries.
World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day was first observed in 2013 and is growing in recognition from many governing bodies across the world. It is most appropriate to set time aside to recognize the contributions of hospital personnel. The annual celebration of Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.