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pressure ulcers, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, acute care and pressure ulcers, pressure ulcer prevalence, quality improvement



  1. Stotts, Nancy A. EdD, RN, FAAN
  2. Brown, Diane Storer PhD, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, FAAN
  3. Donaldson, Nancy E. DNSc, RN, FAAN
  4. Aydin, Carolyn PhD
  5. Fridman, Moshe PhD


ABSTRACT: Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) are a serious nosocomial problem that has been viewed as a ubiquitous consequence of immobility. This article provides data from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) that shows a significant reduction in HAPUs in adults from 78 acute care hospitals over 8 years (2003-2010).