This result shows you how often a patient, older than 18 years, develops a bed sore that is large and deep, reaching muscle and bone, while admitted in hospital for a medical or surgical condition. It is reported at a rate per 1 000 admissions of 3 days or longer. A lower score is better.
The measurement is based on the definitions and methodology published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The data sources: We manually report any issues, including bed sores, in our specifically designed IT system, the Incident Management System (IMS), which we use to track how well we are doing. All staff are encouraged to use these systems to report any issues of concern to them. We use the IMS system for the data on bed sores and the hospital billing system, SAP, for the admission and age data.
The measurement is calculated by counting the number of stage III and IV bed sores, divided by the number of patients, 18 years and older, that were admitted to hospital for a medical or surgical condition multiplied by 1 000 for the period under review. Obstetric admissions and admissions for less than 3 days are excluded.