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Commentary on: Pickham D, Berte N, Pihulic M, et al. Effect of a wearable patient sensor on care delivery for preventing pressure injuries in acutely ill adults: A pragmatic randomized clinical trial (LS-HAPI study). Int J Nurs Stud 2018;80:12–19.
Implications for practice and research
Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) vary in prevalence but affect more than 4% of inpatients.
HAPIs lead to increased length of stay and are an indicator of poor care quality.
Sustained improvement in nursing practice is required to prevent HAPI.
Longer term follow-up in studies comparing different ways to reduce risk is required to find a way to sustain improvements in practice.
Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) lead to increased length of stay and increased risk of mortality.1 Prevention of pressure ulcers requires careful assessment of the skin and risk factors …
Competing interests The author of this commentary is an associate editor for BMJ Evidence-Based Nursing.
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