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Quick Facts - Diversity and Pressure Injury Prevention

Quick Facts - Diversity and Pressure Injury Prevention
 
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All patients should have a detailed history and a complete skin examination within 24 hours of hospital admission to check for pressure injuries (PIs), as well as to assess the risk of future PI development. Health care professionals need to be aware that PIs are less easily detected in darkly pigmented skin.

High-risk patients require a PI prevention plan that includes offloading, turning schedules, and nutrition consultations. In patients who already have PIs, digital wound monitoring apps allow for simplified documentation of wounds and can assist in following the wound’s progression during the wound care regimen.

Health care professionals who treat patients at risk for PIs will appreciate this overview of PI features, staging, prevention, and management. This fact sheet covers the following topics:

Etiology of PIs
Clinical manifestations of each PI stage
PI detection in darkly pigmented skin
Timeline for PI development
Digital wound imaging apps
Prevention and management of PIs

Download Quick Facts – Diversity and Pressure Injury Prevention for the staff at your facility. With its print-friendly format, it is ideally suited for bulletin board posting, as well as for handing out at your next in-service.

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