Factors Associated With Pediatric Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

A study conducted by Ivy Razmus, PhD, RN, CWOCN, University of Detroit Mercy at Aquinas, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


The purpose of this study was to identify associations among pediatric patient characteristics (age and gender), hospital characteristics, inpatient unit characteristics (unit type, pressure injury prevention practices, and nurse staffing measures), and hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) in a group of pediatric patients and in those determined to be at risk for pressure injury.


A descriptive, correlational analysis of data from a large data set.


The sample comprised 39,984 children aged 1 day to 18 years of age from 678 pediatric units in 271 participating hospitals across the United States.


Data related to pressure injuries and prevention among pediatric patients from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) were analyzed. All data were collected during the year 2012. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the study sample. Hierarchical logistic regression analysis was used to analyze patient age and gender, unit type, pressure injury risk, prevention and staffing measures, and hospital characteristics associated with HAPI.


The likelihood of a HAPI was more than 9 times higher among patients who were determined to be at risk for pressure injuries (odds ratio [OR]: 9.42, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 7.28-12.17, P < .001) compared to patients deemed not at risk. Hospital-acquired pressure injury was more likely to occur on pediatric critical care units (OR: 2.59, 95% CI: 1.28-5.26, P = .009) and rehabilitation units (OR: 4.05, 95% CI: 1.21-13.55, P = .02). Patients from hospitals that only provided care for children (OR: 2.6, 95% CI: 1.42-4.78, P = .002) were also more likely to be associated with HAPI compared to hospitals that provided care for adults and children. Among the 11,203 pediatric patients deemed at risk for pressure injuries, 95.8% received one or more prevention interventions. There were no prevention interventions associated with a lower occurrence of HAPI.


Study findings support pressure injury risk assessment among pediatric patients and elucidates important information regarding pediatric unit and hospital characteristics associated with HAPI.


Originally appeared on https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29373436.



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