RMH collects and monitors any pressure injuries that develop or are discovered during a patient stay, over each month of the year. 

The information is collected through the organisation’s incident management system, called ‘RiskMan’. Pressure ulcers are noted in each area of the hospital, or ward, and for the organisation as a whole.

How well did we do?

The number of pressure ulcers is given as the number for every 1000 people staying overnight in hospital (called bed days) during that month.

Why is this measure important?

Being in hospital often means that your usual activity is restricted and you spend a lot more time in bed. This may lead to pressure injuries. Measuring the number of pressure injuries helps us understand who is at risk of developing a pressure injury while in hospital. We can then create a care plan with our patients and consumers that will keep them safe while in our care. ‘Care and Outcomes’ is one of our key strategic priorities through improving patient safety.

What are we doing to continue to improve?

We comprehensively assesses every patient for their risk of pressure injuries and talk to them about ways to prevent pressure injuries.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital has a special focus on skin assessment when a patient has a medical device in place that may lead to a pressure injury. This became a focus after identifying that medical devices were the cause of over a quarter of all pressure injuries in the hospital.

How can you help us to prevent pressure injuries?

To help prevent pressure injuries, you can

  • relieve the pressure by changing your position often, whether you are lying in a bed or sitting in a chair
  • if you are unable to move yourself the staff will help you to regularly change position
  • special equipment such as air mattresses, cushions or booties may be used to reduce the pressure in particular areas of your body
  • keep your skin and bedding dry; let staff know if your bed or chair is damp
  • be aware of hard surfaces you may be lying against such as plastic tubes or folded sheets
  • keep your sheet loosely tucked in, to allow more movement and avoid pressure
  • let staff know if you have any sore, blistered, reddened or broken skin

What matters to you, matters to us. Find out more information about how we will work with you to keep you safe while you’re in hospital.