What is it?
Pressure ulcers — also known as bedsores and decubitus ulcers — are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone. Although pressure ulcers are nearly always preventable, their prevalence in health care settings is increasing. Preventing pressure ulcers entails two major steps: identifying patients at risk and reliably implementing prevention strategies for all identified at-risk patients.
How's it measured?
Measured as pressure ulcer rate per 1,000 discharges.