No healthcare facility is immune.
A look at the cold, hard facts on the prevalence of pressure ulcers is painful but important.
In the ER, the average patient spends 222 minutes lying on a stretcher that is inadequate at redistributing pressure. As a result, as one study shows, 40 percent of patients admitted through the ER are at risk for pressure ulcers.
In the OR, there’s a 13 to 17 percent incidence of pressure ulcers, a number that jumps to more than 21 percent in vascular and cardiac surgical patients. Procedures that last more than four hours triple the risk of tissue damage.
Patients with spinal cord injuries face a 34 percent risk of developing a pressure ulcer within 24 hours of their initial injury.
Before Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation®(FIS), there was little that OR and skin care teams could do.