Using the RED SKIN Mnemonic for Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Pressure Injuries and Ulcers
Pressure injuries and ulcers take a heavy toll on patients and the health care system. These chronic wounds have a negative impact on patients’ quality of life, and the financial costs to both patients and institutions are high. The RED SKIN mnemonic acronym is a valuable tool for wound care professionals caring for patients at risk for or living with these wounds.
Pressure injury risk assessment, preventive measure, education, and treatment strategies can be viewed as a series of steps. The RED SKIN mnemonic clearly and concisely lists these steps to optimize clinical outcomes.
Wound care professionals will find the RED SKIN mnemonic to be a useful and comprehensive checklist, both for assessing their patients at risk for pressure injuries and ulcers and for preventing and treating these wounds.
The guide covers the following topics: