Monitoring and reporting of pressure injuries is undertaken Australia wide as a means for measuring hospital performance and accreditation outcomes (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, 2017; Miles et al., 2013). A prospective, descriptive study by Barakat-Johnson et al. (2018) investigating the accuracy of reported hospital-acquired pressure injuries found that 70% of patients in the study had various other skin conditions instead of pressure injury. Such inaccuracy challenges the provision of appropriate treatment and prevention and affects the application of penalty funding and the accuracy of national benchmarking. Therefore, the aim of this study is to assess the validity of staging and categorisation of pressure injuries identified in one acute general hospital between 2016 and 2018.
Several pressure injury prevention projects are available for nursing students.
Supervisor: Prof. Paul Fulbrook, Dr. Sandra Miles