Hospital Acquired Conditions

This section shows certain injuries, infections, or other serious conditions that patients got while they were in the hospital. These conditions, also known as “Hospital Acquired Conditions,” are usually very rare. If they ever occur, hospital staff should identify and correct the problems that caused them.

  • Pressure Ulcers – Stage III and IV: This refers to serious pressure sores (also known as bedsores) that develop while a patient is in the hospital. Stage III and IV pressure sores are very deep, serious sores that may even reach muscle or bone. They cause pain and serious infections, and may lead to long hospital stays and even amputation.

    Pressure sores are caused by staying in one position for a long period of time. Patients who have poor circulation or who are unable to move have a higher risk of developing them. Hospitals can prevent pressure sores (or keep them from getting worse) by turning or moving bedridden patients often and by regularly checking and caring for the patient’s skin. Hospitals with high rates of this complication may not be following these procedures.

    Lower numbers are better.

  • Hospital Acquired Injuries: This refers to falls and other injuries that occur while a patient is in the hospital, including broken or dislocated bones, crushing injuries, or burns. Although some falls and injuries can occur even when hospitals provide good care, many can be avoided.

    Hospital staff should determine if patients are at risk for falls and/or injuries. For example they should check patients’ balance and coordination, review the patient’s medications, and assist patients who are unable to move around safely on their own.

    Hospitals can also reduce the likelihood of falls by removing clutter from floor, removing improperly fitting clothing, keeping bed rails up when patients are sleeping, providing enough staff and equipment when transferring a patient into and out of bed, and installing handrails in areas where patients need stability. Hospitals with high rates of this complication may not be following these procedures.

    Lower numbers are better.
Hospital Acquired Conditions
UH Ahuja Medical Center
Pressure Ulcers - Stage III and IV 0.0/1,000 Inpatients
Hospital Acquired Injuries 0.0/1,000 Inpatients

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