To reduce the rate of hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), in June 2013, a large urban academic medical center switched from non-breathable to breathable under pads for incontinent patients lying on either a standard bed (low risk patients) or low-air-loss mattress (high risk patients). Standard pressure ulcer prevention measures were maintained. Staff on two oncology units sought to determine the effectiveness of breathable vs. non-breathable under pads in reducing the rate of HAPU and UAPU.
Recommended CitationMeshino, BSN, RN, Sara and Trefz, BSN, RN, Bridget, "The Effect of Breathable Under Pads to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Nurse Resident Project" (2014). Department of Nursing papers and presentations. Paper 12.