NEW STUDY: Use of Thermal Imaging to Identify Deep-Tissue Pressure Injury on Admission Reduces Clinical and Financial Burdens of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

Looking for ways to reduce your facility’s Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI) rate? Do you have an organizational initiative to improve quality metrics relating to Hospital-Acquired Conditions?

Check out this peer-reviewed article to learn how an urban acute care hospital’s ICU utilized WoundVision’s Scout to help drive a 60% reduction in their Deep Tissue Pressure Injury / HAPI rate!

ABSTRACT: deep-tissue pressure injury (DTPI) is a serious type of pressure injury that begins in tissue over bony prominences and can lead to the development of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs). Using a commercially available thermal imaging system, study authors documented a total of 12 thermal anomalies in 9 of 114 patients at the time of admission to one of the study institution’s ICUs over a 2-month period. An intensive, proven wound prevention protocol was immediately implemented for each of these patients. Of these 12 anomalies, 2 ultimately manifested as visually identifiable DTPIs. This represented a 60% reduction in the authors’ institution’s historical DTPIs/HAPI rate. Because these DTPIs were documented as present on admission using the thermal imaging tool, researchers avoided a revenue loss associated with nonreimbursed costs of care and also estimated financial benefits associated with litigation expenses known to be generated with HAPIs.

Using thermal imaging to document DTPIs when patients present has the potential to significantly reduce expenses associated with pressure injury litigation. The clinical and financial benefits of early documentation of skin surface thermal anomalies in anatomical areas of interest are significant.

You can read this article in full by visiting Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

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