This large analysis compared coded data and data from prevalence surveys; it found coded data overall significantly underreported the rate of hospital acquired pressure ulcers, compared to prevalence surveys, but the data was so variable that some hospitals performed better on prevalence surveys and some performed better on coded data. This study questions the validity of using coded hospital acquired pressure ulcer data for public reporting and value based purchasing (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.