How often home health team conducted pressure ulcer (bed sore) risk assessments

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016. Source:

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the State of North Carolina.

What does this score mean?

The percentage of home health episodes of care (out of 100) in which the patient was assessed for risk of developing pressure ulcers (bed sores) at the start or resumption of care.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality?

Our patients are evaluated using the Braden Score for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk in order to make appropriate interventions for patients at high risk.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Pressure Ulcer Prevention interventions are initiated with each patient determined to be at high risk for developing pressure ulcers.

A patient's attending physician is promptly notified when there is a change in a patient's condition. If needed, new orders are obtained from the physician and education on that treatment is provided to the patient and their caregiver.

Duke has many programs that continue to improve our quality. View our various improvement initiatives.

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