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Falls and pressure ulcers

Falls and pressure ulcers can have serious consequences for inpatients, particularly when these patients are elderly. They represent two of the most common problems associated with hospitalization. As a result, it is important that every effort is made to prevent them from occurring.

Introduction

The objective to reduce the rate of falls and pressure ulcers during hospitalization involves implementing several initiatives, including regular risk assessments throughout the hospital stay and introducing preventive measures, such as special mattresses and low beds. Unfortunately, not all falls and pressure ulcers can be prevented. In these cases, patients should receive appropriate care from a multidisciplinary team in order to minimize their impact.

A pressure ulcer is a “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, due to reduced blood flow to the area.” It is the result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.

Pressure ulcers affect a patient’s quality of life and can cause painful discomfort alongside mental and physical suffering as well as reduced functional abilities.

Hôpital de La Tour encourages its staff to routinely report all falls and pressure ulcers, no matter how minor. A working group was formed to review all cases and propose tangible improvements.

Since 2012, Hôpital de La Tour has also taken part in the nationwide quality review on the prevalence of falls and pressure ulcers developed by ANQ. Figures refer to a specific day and do not constitute a full summary because random variations are possible.

Rate of falls

2.1%

Hôpital de La Tour

3.5 %

National rate

Rate of pressure ulcers

0.1%

Hôpital de La Tour

3.3%

National rate

Rate of falls at Hôpital de La Tour

Hôpital de La Tour
National results
Internal monitoring
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Rate of pressure ulcers at Hôpital de La Tour

Hôpital de La Tour
National results
Internal monitoring
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