How Providers Can Prevent Medical Device-Related Pressure Injuries Caused by Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
May 31, 2020
By the WoundSource Editors
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Whether you are a provider or a frontline health care professional, we are experiencing a worldwide increase in “unavoidable” medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Health care workers are challenged with a higher risk of pressure injury development secondary to prolonged wear time of the N95 mask, face shield, and goggle personal protective equipment (PPE). The intensity of one or more factors of pressure, moisture, shear, and friction influence pressure injury risk.
How to Establish Pressure Ulcer Reduction Efforts in Acute Care
August 8, 2019
by Kelly Byrd-Jenkins, CWS
It may come as no surprise to some, but pressure ulcers are among the only hospital-acquired conditions that have been on the rise in recent years. Other hospital-acquired conditions—such as adverse drug events, falls, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections—have decreased, according to a statement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in January of this year.
How to Make Staff Education Fun with a Wound Care Carnival
June 10, 2021
My approach to wound care education with patients, providers, and nursing staff the last 20+ years has always been to make learning fun while emphasizing that wounds are a serious topic. My strong passion drives me to motivate anyone and everyone who wants to learn. If they don’t want to learn, then I’ll figure out the best way to motivate them! Everyone learns differently; however, hands-on training with added fun usually wins. Education should be ongoing and engaging, and it should create fun ways to experience more of those “aha” moments. We want to impact that long-term memory storage! Every care setting has variances, but my blog will provide you with some ideas that you can alter to fit your needs.
Identifying Risk for Pressure Injuries in Newborns: What Are Nurses Using for Clinical Judgment?
August 11, 2020
As we continue to develop our evidence on pediatric pressure injuries, more information has been reported about the risk factors nurses are using for clinical judgment. We know that the newborn skin can vary based on gestational age, and nurses use their clinical judgment frequently when compared with using a pressure injury risk assessment scale. It therefore is important to answer this question: “What are nurses using for clinical judgment for assessing pressure injury risk?”
Important Terms to Know: Pressure Injury Prevention
October 27, 2023
Alternating pressure: In support surfaces, pressure redistribution with cyclic changes.
Avoidable pressure injury: The development of a new pressure injury or the worsening of an existing one that results from a failure of the facility or caregivers to adequately identify, prevent, or manage the patient using an acceptable care standard.
Cushions and seating: Powered or nonpowered devices placed on a wheelchair or other seating surface. They utilize air, fluid, foam, gel, water, wool, or a combination of these components to distribute pressure and reduce friction and shear forces. Their design may improve patient positioning and provide lateral stability. They are available with antibacterial, waterproof, and antistatic covers indicated for patients who are chairbound and are at risk for pressure injuries or who have an existing wound.
Improving Outcomes Through Wound Care Staff Education
April 13, 2017
By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWON-AP
As a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse in long-term care, education is a huge part of my role working in our Community Living Center (CLC), Hospice, and Transitional Care Unit (TCU). Unit specific, evidence-based training and continued follow-up are integral to the success of our pressure injury prevention program. The unit-based skin care nurses (UBSCNs) are at the frontline of prevention, along with all nursing staff, especially nursing assistants (NAs).
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer/Palliative Care and Hospice Care
October 31, 2018
by the WoundSource Editors
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.