Pressure ulcers in pediatric patients is an area of patient safety that has been somewhat overlooked by the medical community. While children also suffer from pressure ulcers, there has been much less pediatric research done to review the prevalence, incidence and risk factors associated with pressure ulcers.
NICHQ has always placed patient safety at the forefront of the many healthcare issues it takes on. In this section, clinicians can find a “how-to-guide” to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, as well as several tools to use in their clinical setting.
Tools for Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Pediatric Clinical Settings
As part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 5 Million Lives Campaign, NICHQ facilitated the pediatric node, known as The Pediatric Affinity Group. The Pediatric Affinity Group created tools to provide support for the pediatric community and to help build a robust knowledge exchange with the aim of purging harm from children’s healthcare. These tools are supplements that adapt the IHI How-to-Guides to pediatric settings.
*Please note: References to the Modified Braden Q Scale in the documents below are actually the “Braden Q Scale” as designed, tested and published by Curly, Razmus, Roberts and Wypij in 2003’s Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk in Pediatric Patients: The Braden Q Scale. Nursing Research. 52(1)22-33.
- Preventing Pressure Ulcers - Presentation
from the 2007 Pediatric Webcast Series
- Preventing Pressure Ulcers - Pediatric Supplement
- Night Night, Sleepyhead
Bed Selection Guidelines