By Heather D. Kooiker, Senior Clinical Liaison, Hillrom
16 AUG 2021
Awareness around perioperative pressure injuries (PIs) and the identification of perioperative extrinsic factors is surging within the surgical and medical device community. As a result, more initiatives for better policies and safety strategies to improve patient safety and quality of care are being researched and recommended throughout the healthcare industry.
Unfortunately, pressure injuries (PIs) negatively impact patients with results ranging from infection to extended hospital stays, which can contribute to emotional suffering.1,2 What’s more, the negative impact of PI does not end with the patient. Hospital systems often become responsible for costly non-reimbursable services related to the PI treatment, costing between $14,000 and $40,000 per patient. The average estimated cost of treatment is $750 million to $1.5 billion per year.3
Research suggests that surgery-related pressure injuries may account for as much as 45% of all Hospital- Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPIs) and the highest incidence reported is 54.8%1. With the average length of surgery lasting at least three hours, the likelihood of a PI forming also increases by 8.5%.3
So why are surgery-related PIs so common? The Perioperative/Procedural (PP) patient has unique extrinsic risk factors that can play a direct role in forming a pressure/skin injury. These factors include:4
Luckily, improving the table surface pad your patient is laying on is a simple strategy that has been shown to decrease pressure injuries. In fact, research indicates that “Patients were eight times more likely to develop a pressure injury when positioned on the foam surface compared with the multi-layer pressure-redistributing surface.”5
Fortunately, Hillrom offers perioperative table pads that meet criteria established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) outlined in the Guidelines6 for Positioning the Patient. These guidelines have been adopted by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance’s recommendations.7
Hillrom’s viscous elastic pad design improves the ability to maintain the patient’s position via its enveloping properties. In addition:
In short, to reduce the risk of perioperative pressure injuries in the OR, hospitals need to implement risk management strategies and evidence-based interventions which will empower clinicians with the tools they need to improve patient outcomes. Hillrom Surgical Solutions’ table pads can help. Contact us today.
Heather D. Kooiker, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, CRNFA is a mastered prepared, board certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) who holds a Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) certificate along with a Certification as an RN First Assistant (CRNFA).
Heather has worked as a clinical consultant for Hillrom for three years and has recently joined Hillrom full time within the Global Surgical Solutions Clinical Insights Team as the Senior Clinical Liaison. Heather maintains her clinical practice within her specialty field of perioperative nursing by working one day a month as a CRNFA for an ambulatory plastic surgery center.
The foundation of Heather's knowledge has been built through her 26 years of surgical services work. Heather is the current president of her local AORN chapter and is active with the ANA mentoring program and the CCI CNOR coaching program. Most recently she has joined the Board of Directors for the National Assistant at Surgery Certification (NASC).
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