Posted on November 29, 2014

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) facilities joined hospitals across the globe in observing World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day on 20 November 2014.

The objective of the day was to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic.Hamad General Hospital’s (HGH) team has taken a lead in organizing a symposium on the prevention of pressure ulcers. The symposium was sponsored by Dr Muna Al Maslamani,Transplant and Infectious Diseases Senior Consultant and Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety at HMC’s Medicine Department.

Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Medical Director of HGH commented: "I am proud of the efforts put forth by all of our staff as pressure ulcer prevention only occurs when staff from all disciplines engages in prevention efforts. Looking after the best interest of the patients is every health care professional's responsibility and by preventing pressure ulcers from forming, we can significantly improve the health outcomes for the patient and the efficiency of caring for them."

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear”.

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“Pressure ulcers are a frequently occurring health problem throughout the world. They are painful, costly, and an often preventable complication for which many individuals are at risk,” as stated in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. "Pressure ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the United States, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion annually, with a cost of between $500 - $70,000 per individual pressure ulcer.”

Ms.Colene Daniel, CEO of HGH noted: "I am proud of the high quality of care our dedicated staff provide every day to prevent pressure ulcers from occurring. We're excited about the activities being planned for this special week. We hope to make the community more aware of the great care our facility provides." World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day was first observed in 2013 and is growing in recognition from many governing bodies across the world. It is most appropriate to set aside a special time to recognize the contributions of hospital personnel. The annual celebration of Worldwide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is sponsored by NPUAP (