What does your facility do to raise awareness regarding pressure injury prevention? We have lots of educational opportunities throughout the year, but one of our most important and prepared for days is the third Thursday in November – World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day! This is a day to raise awareness that has been promoted by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Every year, the NPUAP puts out a press release and lots of good information in terms of ways to educate and engage staff on such an important topic, on a national level.
World Wide Pressure Injury Day is a day that focuses on learning, sharing our knowledge, and educating our peers. Personally, I use this day to showcase what my staff has been working on throughout the year, new evidence-based trends in wound care, and any other additional information that is new to the NPUAP website. This year, I had an excellent turnout in terms of presenters and attendees. Many of the stations were hands on, and each of the nursing units I cover contributed something to the day (posters, hands-on wound demonstrations, games, etc.).
The stations we showcased this year included the following:
This educational day was interdisciplinary and open to anyone from patients, to staff, providers, and all medical center employees. Overall, empowering staff to share their knowledge and all the great work that they do on a daily basis is a very important piece of this day. Pressure injury prevention takes a team, and without our team and each individual contribution, we wouldn't be where we are! Everyone has such great knowledge and creativity to contribute. It is important that we showcase that at least once a year and, of course, continue to promote a culture of prevention!
About the Author
Holly is a board certified gerontological nurse and advanced practice wound, ostomy, and continence nurse coordinator at The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a passion for education, teaching, and our veterans. Holly has been practicing in WOC nursing for approximately six years. She has much experience with the long-term care population and chronic wounds as well as pressure injuries, diabetic ulcers, venous and arterial wounds, surgical wounds, radiation dermatitis, and wounds requiring advanced wound therapy for healing. Holly enjoys teaching new nurses about wound care and, most importantly, pressure injury prevention. She enjoys working with each patient to come up with an individualized plan of care based on their needs and overall medical situation. She values the importance of taking an interprofessional approach with wound care and prevention overall, and involves each member of the health care team as much as possible. She also values the significance of the support of leadership within her facility and the overall impact of great teamwork for positive outcomes.
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