WHEREAS, pressure injuries (bedsores) claim the lives of over 60,000 people each year and cost the United States healthcare system over $11 billion annually; and,
WHEREAS, prevention will reduce the high incidence of pressure injuries and the substantial pain associated with pressure-related injuries that may develop into ulcers; and,
WHEREAS, prevention of pressure injuries reduces unnecessary healthcare costs, since many pressure injuries are preventable; and,
WHEREAS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted that no other preventable event occurs as frequently as pressure-related injuries;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2017 as Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Michigan.