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ODP Announcement 21-073 announces the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is continuing to promote awareness of pressure injuries as part of our ongoing efforts to assure participant health and safety. ODP is working in conjunction with the state’s Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) to implement a Skin Integrity Initiative.

The goals of this pressure injury initiative are twofold: to raise awareness about pressure injury occurrences and to identify appropriate preventive measures that will reduce associated health risks. Pressure injuries (also referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure wounds, bed sores or decubiti) can be associated with significant health complications and even death. The announcement contains details on the implementation, data collection, and reporting methods that will be used going forward in this initiative.