Why pressure injuries
persist in hospitals.

Even with advanced equipment and stringent turning protocols, pressure injuries persist in today’s hospitals.

Here’s why:

  • Turning patients, even when done frequently, does not eliminate pressure; it simply moves pressure from one area of the body to another.
  • Even high-cost specialty beds cannot recognize if and where pressure exists, or what inflation level is appropriate for the patient. 
  • To effectively offload pressure and prevent pressure injuries, caregivers must be able to see the patient’s pressure status, both past and present. 

This is where VŪ makes the difference.

The human toll of pressure injuries.

  • 2.5 million Americans suffer from pressure injuries each year*
  • Pressure injuries account for 27% of all hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and 45% of HAC-related deaths
  • 60,000 deaths occur each year due to complications from pressure injuries
  • 1 in 10 ICU patients will develop a pressure injury
  • Patients with pressure injuries are 33% more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days
  • Patients with hospital acquired pressure injuries have a median excess length of stay of 4.31 days
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The financial burden of pressure injuries

  • $26.8 billion in annual costs to the national healthcare system.
  • $1.06 million per average settlement, awarded in 87% of all pressure injury cases
  • $150,000 in additional patient care costs on a per-ulcer basis (AHRQ.gov)
  • CMS penalties: 1% for newer events, 2% for readmissions (CMS.gov)

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