Decreasing Sacral Pressure Injuries in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Lauren Hayes, Alessia Rossillo, Marymarion Trindle, Erica Zabala

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Quality Improvement, Skin/Wound Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session evolves from an AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy project analyzing patients at high risk for sacral pressure injuries. It reflects a collaborative effort by the CSI team to develop a protocol-based prevention including strategic gel pad placement under the sacrum to reduce injury risk and reinforced scheduled sacral pressure offloading. One-year postimplementation, better patient, staff and fiscal outcomes confirm this as an effective, collaborative template for expansion to other units.


  • Identify patients at risk for hospital-acquired sacral pressure injuries.
  • Formulate a plan of care among RN staff, APRN, wound specialist and providers to utilize sacral gel pads and prevent pressure injuries.
  • Articulate lasting patient, staff and fiscal outcomes tied to gel pad use and interdisciplinary collaboration one-year postimplementation.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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