Following admission to a facility, medical device–related pressure injuries (MDPRIs) occur more quickly than other types of pressure injuries. In fact, 51% of all MDRPIs occur on the head and face. This is especially significant to both patients and caregivers when considering provision of care to COVID-19 patients.
Efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonias have generally been effective, with overall rates decreasing by 13%. By contrast, the rate of pressure injuries has increased and is up now by 6%. Above all, pressure injuries are significant health issues and among the biggest challenges organizations face on a day-to-day basis not only for caregivers, but also for the health care industry as a whole because the epidemiology of pressure injuries varies by clinical setting, and pressure injury is a potentially preventable condition.
This session will discuss the implementation of a step by step system-wide pressure injury prevention program that includes comprehensive wound and pressure injury education, consistency in the application of evidence-based practice, uniform nursing documentation, appropriate patient interventions, and overall reduction of hospital-acquired pressure injuries.
The participants in this webinar will:
- Recognize the essential steps to implement a prevention pressure injury program with the inclusion of resource tools, leadership involvement, electronic medical record integration to reflect accurate documentation, and ongoing education.
- Discuss the positive outcomes of a two-fold MDRPI prevention protocol by providing guidance to caregivers with personal protective equipment and to COVID-19 patients undergoing positioning to support lung function.
- Review the considerations for the utilization of prophylactic dressing application guidance for caregivers to use with N95 masks and other personal protective equipment that may cause skin breakdown.