November is Pressure Injury/Ulcer Prevention Month
Raising Awareness for Pressure Injury Prevention
As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are offering you this educational portal into a variety of topics related to pressure injury prevention and assessment. Expanded awareness leads to better prevention and care!
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/Ulcer Prevention: A Population Health and Culture of Health Perspective
As wound care professionals, preventing wounds before they occur is a key concern in caring for our patient populations. Two concepts – Population Health and Culture of Health – have been developed that can be used to prevent a number of chronic wounds, including venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and, relevant to this presentation, pressure ulcers/injuries.
This webinar will discuss the meanings and implications of these two concepts for wound care prevention, and provide tips on how the frameworks of Population Health and Culture of Health can be applied to pressure ulcer/injury prevention programs in your facility.
Presenter: Dr. Diane Krasner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Quick Facts – Pressure Injury/Ulcer Prevention
Download Quick Facts – Pressure Injury/Ulcer Prevention and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on pressure injury prevention. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.
Terms to Know: Pressure Injury Prevention
Calciphylaxis – A disorder—generally found in end stage renal disease but not limited to renal patients—with widespread calcification of small and medium-sized vessels that leads to occlusion, thrombosis, and tissue necrosis. Extreme cases can be life-threatening.
Enzymatic debridement – Removal of devitalized tissue from the wound base through an externally applied chemical or enzyme. Debridement may be selective or nonselective, depending on the chemical or enzyme used.
Epibole – The upper edges of the epidermis roll to envelop the basement membrane, or lower edges of the epidermis, so that epithelial migration does not occur at wound edges.
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Pressure Injury/Ulcer Risk Assessment: A Patient-Centered Approach
The goal of pressure injury/ulcer prevention is not only to maintain skin integrity but also to provide a patient-centered plan of care geared toward positive outcomes. This includes seeing your patient as a person, as well as identifying the patient’s pressure injury risks. Caregivers of any kind should learn to take steps in the prevention of pressure injuries/ulcers. We can utilize every risk assessment and tool known, but without educating our patients, health care professionals, and caregivers, a prevention program will not be successful.
Tools of the Trade: Pressure Injury/Ulcer Prevention and Medical Devices
In today’s health care market, we have numerous turning and repositioning tools, offloading devices, and sensor technology gadgets available. You may ask “Why do we need any of these technologies if we provide consistent quality of care?” “Consistent” is the key word in preventing ALL pressure injuries/ulcers. There are nursing shortages, gaps in education, and a need for nursing or caregiver efficiency.
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer/Palliative Care and Hospice Care
Palliative care and hospice care are not the same, but they both share one goal. They both focus on a patient’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis and treatment or for patients at any stage of their illness. Patients may not want to receive aggressive treatment of non-healing wounds because of underlying diseases, pain, and/or cost.
Legal Implications of Pressure Injuries/Ulcers – What Clinicians Need to Know
“Has Your Family Member Developed Bedsores While in a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Assisted Living Facility?” This is what you will see attorneys advertising on social media sites and television. The driving message is that your loved ones aren’t receiving the quality of care they are owed. This is considered negligence and abuse. The most recent estimations of pressure injuries/ulcers in different health care settings are noted to be 29% in home care, 28% in long-term care, and 15% in acute care. Pressure injuries/ulcers are the second most common cause of civil suits alleging medical malpractice.
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