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Pressure Injury Pathophysiology, Prevention, and Management Strategies

Presenter: Cathy Wogamon, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CWON, CFCN

According to statistical data, more than 2.5 million patients will be impacted by pressure injuries in the United States alone per year, with estimated care for these wounds averaging around $11 million, not to mention the morbidity and mortality also associated with these injuries. This webinar will identify the pathophysiology of pressure injuries, present a brief overview of the staging system, and address interventions for treatment of pressure injuries at each stage of development.


From Prevention to Intervention: The Pressure Injury Management Journey

Implementation of an effective pressure injury prevention management program is essential to reducing the unacceptably high numbers of pressure injuries in the United States and worldwide. This white paper describes how to build an effective pressure injury prevention program, from skin and risk assessments to care planning and finally program implementation. The guide also provides an overview of evidence-based conventional and advanced wound care modalities to optimize outcomes in patients with pressure injuries.


Quick Facts – Pressure Injury Prevention

This fact sheet provides specific information on pressure injury prevention, risk mitigation, nursing education, and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care professionals who care for patients at risk for pressure injuries will find this fact sheet useful for optimizing clinical outcomes in their patients. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.


How Much Do You Know About Pressure Injury Prevention?

Take our 10-question quiz to find out!

Terms to Know: Pressure Injury Prevention

Adherence: Adherence is a term used to replace “compliance” in reference to a patient following clinician orders for wound care. Compliance implies that the patient should passively comply with the health care provider’s instructions, whereas adherence allows for patients to have the freedom to follow the provider’s recommendation without blame being focused on them if they do not or are not able to follow these recommendations.

Medical device–related pressure injury (MDRPI): MDPRIs are localized injuries to the skin or underlying tissue resulting from sustained pressure caused by a medical device, such as a brace, splint, cast, respiratory mask or tubing, or feeding tube.

Offloading: Offloading refers to minimizing or removing weight placed on the foot to help prevent and heal ulcers, particularly those caused by poor circulation to the feet due to diabetes.


Pressure Injury Prevention While Proning

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has forced health care professionals to take a closer look at the most effective and appropriate measures for pressure injury prevention. In 17%…

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Assessment and Interventions for Present-on-Admission Pressure Injuries

Pressure injuries are among the most significant health and patient safety issues that health care facilities face daily. Aside from the strong impact on patients’ quality of life, they also have high costs of…

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When Prevention Fails: Pressure Injury Management

When pressure injury prevention fails as a result of non-adherence, various comorbidities, or gaps in care, it makes a major impact on the nation’s economy and has estimated costs of more than…

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Pressure Injuries and Flap Surgery

Patients who develop stage 3 and 4 pressure injuries with prolonged wound chronicity and complexity may require surgical intervention. One surgical method used to encourage healing in pressure injuries is flap surgery, which involves…

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Strategies for Preventing Pressure Injuries

Each year, more than 2.5 million Americans develop pressure injuries, and research tells us that hospital-acquired pressure injuries are one of the few hospital-acquired conditions that are not decreasing year over year. To combat this, clinicians should familiarize themselves with pressure injury prevention methods, and implement them in their practice. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about pressure injury prevention and the educational resources made available during this month’s Practice Accelerator.

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