Background: Pressure injuries have been known to affect approximately 2.5 million patients each year, with roughly 60,000 patients dying as a direct result of a pressure injury. Associate healthcare costs are between $9.1-$11.6 billion per year in the United States. The cost of individual patient care was estimated between $20,900 and $151,700 per pressure injury. During the last three years, pressure injury prevalence has risen within the local long-term care organization. Pressure injury prevention interventions have been developed to improve healthcare outcomes, cut costs, and increase revenue for long-term care organizations.

Purpose: Deliver evidence-based educational intervention that incorporates strategies for consistent pressure injury prevention to improve the desired outcomes of improving quality of care and decreasing pressure injuries in long-term care facilities. Methods: An educational program focused on consistent use of pressure injury risk assessments methods, effective interdisciplinary teamwork strategies, increasing communication through team huddles, and accurate documentation of pressure injury prevention strategies was implemented over twenty weeks with long-term care staff.

Results: Staff knowledge of the Pressure Injury Prevention Patient Initiative increased after initial education. Implementation of pressure injury prevention strategies also increased, and pressure injury rates and costs decreased over the period of the project.

Date of publication

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

DNP Scholarly Project



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Committee members

Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt Ph.D., RN, FNAP, FAAN, Angelica A. Perez, LVN, Dr. Nina Almasy, DNP, RN, CNE


Doctor of Nursing Practice