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World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is November 19

November 18, 2020

World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day will take place on November 19, 2020. This observance aims to promote worldwide awareness for pressure injury prevention, create interest in and education about pressure injury prevention, and reinforce relationships between national and local organizations that work in this space.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that more than 2.5 million individuals in the U.S. develop pressure injuries annually, and medical management of pressure injuries costs the U.S. health care system $9.1 to $11.6 billion annually. Even more significantly, 60,000 people die yearly from pressure injury complications.

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel has developed materials appropriate for all health care settings and organizations. This year’s materials incorporate pressure injury prevention guidance during the COVID-19 crisis.

HAP works with Pennsylvania hospitals to decrease the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Through the use of evidence-based protocols, targeted education, and the development of individual action plans for rapid improvement, hospitals have the advantage of this time-tested collaborative program.

For more information, contact Janette Bisbee, HAP’s project manager.