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Hospitals, long-term care providers, and home care agencies are challenged by the frequent occurrence and complications of pressure ulcers and their significant impact on health care costs. Evidence shows that the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers can be reduced by an approach focused on risk assessment; frequent skin assessment for at-risk patients; turning and repositioning; pressure reduction techniques; nutrition; skin cleansing/moisturizing; and wound care. The challenge lies in integrating these best practices into systems of care that are consistently followed and properly communicated.

The Pennsylvania Pressure Ulcer Partnership was an 18-month statewide collaborative identified through the efforts of various trade associations and other nursing home and hospital quality improvement organizations involved in programs such as the IHI 5 Million Lives Campaign and the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign.
 
As a program launch, three regional education sessions were offered in October 2008 to acute care and long-term care facilities and home health organizations. Attendees heard from national experts on latest evidence in prevention and treatment; prevention strategies; and planned next steps to reduce the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers within their own organizations. Attendees were encouraged to commit to ongoing activities, including baseline and follow-up surveys; participation in statewide educational conference calls; monthly data collection; and networking/coaching calls.
 
The Health Care Improvement Foundation, the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), and the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania are pleased to release the results of the Pennsylvania Pressure Ulcer Partnership and to recognize the achievements made in reducing pressure ulcers.  The Partnership was launched in 2008 as a way for Pennsylvania hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies to work together in adopting strategies aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers of patients.  The Partnership concluded in 2010, having made significant improvements in practices and outcomes.
 
Click here for the press release announcing the final results of the statewide collaborative.
 
Click here for a summary of the PPUP with highlights of the statewide results.
 
Click here for highlights of results for Southeastern Pennsylvania.
 
Click here to access information on activities of the Pennsylvania Pressure Ulcer Partnership.
 
Click here to access materials from the October 21, 2008 Kick-off Conference.