Pressure ulcers (PUs) still represent a heavy burden on patients and health care professionals. The cardiovascular nursing (CVN) division of King Faisal specialist hospital and research center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) has been participating in the NDNQI Pressure ulcer prevalence survey since January 2011. The average rate of CVN unit acquired PUs during 2011 was 2.36%. During the second half of 2011; the CVN team has identified this issue and developed a comprehensive plan to reduce the incidence of unit acquired pressures within the division. The plan has included: increase staff awareness, effective utilization of resources, getting 18 new beds with built-in air mattresses, establishment of patient safety committee, and running weekly quality rounds in all CVN units by the management and quality members. The unit acquired PUs in the last two NDNQI PU prevalence surveys (quarter one and two 2012- Preliminary resultshave decreased to zero (0%). Conclusion: good strategic planning including effective team dynamics has helped in achieving zero unit acquired PUs in all CVN units for the last two quarters.
To describe and evaluate different strategies have been utilized by the cardiovascular team to decrease the incidence and prevalence of unit acquired pressure ulcers
Conclusion: good strategic planning including effective team dynamics has helped in achieving zero unit acquired PUs in all CVN units for the last two quarters. Continuous monitoring of UAPU utilizing the NDNQI through the participation in the pressure ulcer prevalence survey will be closely monitored and evaluated as relevant.