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Building a Pressure Injury Prevention Plan in Your Facility

Presenter: Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) are a challenge for acute and post-acute care environments and are listed as a hospital-acquired condition by CMS. While other hospital-acquired conditions have seen a decrease in prevalence over the past decade, HAPUs are the only one that have not had a decrease in their prevalence. Given the prevalence of HAPUs, facilities are shifting focus to increase pressure ulcer prevention. Building a pressure ulcer prevention plan can seem daunting, but there are evidence-based resources available to assist. In this webinar, we will review key components for success as well as possible pitfalls to avoid.


Pressure Injury Monitoring and Assessment in At Risk Patients

Pressure injuries are complex and costly to treat, and they have a serious impact on patients’ quality of life. Health care professionals must be accurate and thorough in identifying and managing patients at risk. Wound care professionals will find this guide an invaluable aid for assessment of pressure injury risk in their patients. This guide discusses pressure injury risk assessment tools, most notably the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk©, as well as pressure injury prevention goals and practical interventions.


Quick Facts – Pressure Injury Prevention

Download Quick Facts – Pressure Injury Prevention and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on classification, prevention and assessment of pressure injuries. 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?

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Terms to Know: Pressure Injury Prevention

Adherence – A term used to replace “compliance” in reference to a patient following clinician orders for wound care. The updated term reflects patient choice in treatment recommendations.

Bottoming Out – A support surface has bottomed out if the clinician is able to place their hand under the support surface and is then able to palpate the bony prominence the support surface is meant to be protecting. The surface should be replaced immediately if this occurs.

Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk© – A risk assessment tool commonly used in the United States to determine the likelihood of an adult patient developing a pressure injury. The lower the score, the more at risk the patient is. For pediatric patients, the Braden Q Scale is used.


Patient Preparation for Pressure Injury Prevention

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Skin Care for Pressure Injury Prevention

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The Future of Pressure Injury Prevention

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Pressure Injury Interventions in Special Populations

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Pressure Injury Prevention

Up to 95% of pressure injuries may be preventable with proper planning and care. Wound care professionals should take steps to familiarize themselves with prevention options and learn to recognize the potential risk factors in their patients. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about pressure injury prevention and the educational resources made available on pressure injury prevention during this month’s Practice Accelerator program.

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