Best practices for preventing hospital-acquired pressure injuries in surgical patients.

Academic Article


  • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) and deep tissue injuries (DTIs), while considered to be preventable in most cases continue to affect many patients in acute care facilities. Surgical patients have an especially high risk of developing HAPUs for several reasons, including immobility during the intraoperative and immediate postoperative periods. HAPUs are responsible for significant patient harm in the form of pain, increased susceptibility to infection, and delayed recovery. Perioperative nurses must take a proactive and comprehensive approach to protecting their patients from pressure injuries, including HAPUS and DTIs.
  • Published In

  • ORNAC journal  Journal
  • Pubmed Id

  • 11386517
  • Author List

  • Cherry C; Moss J
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 1