What is meant by Safe Skin as it pertains to the prevention of pressure ulcers?
According to the Minnesota Hospital Association
Safe Skin in the ICU
In 2011, nearly 60 percent of Minnesota’s serious pressure ulcers occurred in the ICU. The goal of the ICU Safe Skin Campaign is a 40 percent reduction in Minnesota serious pressure ulcers by October 2013.
Minnesota hospital ICUs are encouraged to support this effort by pledging their team’s support for the following five key safe skin strategies:
1. Keep ICU patients moving — develop a re-positioning schedule for each patient (L-R-Center), based on the patient’s condition, and consistently follow the schedule to redistribute pressure.
2. Float heels off the bed.
3. Immediately evaluate patients for the most appropriate surface to redistribute pressure.
4. If a patient is not able to be adequately or routinely repositioned, provide:Provider documentation that patient cannot be repositioned with daily re-evaluation. At least hourly mini shifts off the tailbone.
5. Protect skin beneath devices — check patients’ skin beneath devices every shift and use opportunities such as oral cares, vital sign checks and respiratory treatments to look for skin issues.
This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a pressure ulcer or bedsore injury an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048.