The prevention of pressure injuries is a great concern in health care today. Many clinicians believe that pressure injury development is not the sole responsibility of the nursing staff, but the entire health care system. Therefore, the implementation of a comprehensive pressure injury prevention program requires an interdisciplinary approach to care that can save patients from unnecessary harm and death. Parts of a pressure injury prevention program are highly protocol driven, but care also must be tailored to the specific risk profile of the patient. Risk assessment, skin care, nutrition, pressure relief, positioning, monitoring progress, staff training, and leadership support are essential components of a prevention program. Optimizing overall care and increasing attention to these issues can prevent the next pressure injury and save the next patient.
The participants in this webinar will:
- Understand the positive impact of a pressure injury prevention program
- Recognize the essential components of a prevention program
- Learn about an innovative wearable patient monitoring system and its influence to increase patient turn adherence
In this program, Clinical Nurse Specialist Cathy Milne will discuss the pathology of pressure injury and its staging system, will describe common contemporary conditions such as incontinence-associated dermatitis and skin tears, and will address the essential preventative measures based on national and international guidelines to incorporate as a part of a pressure injury prevention program. Dr. Barrett Larson will discuss the evolving appreciation for patient mobility and its clinical benefits. Dr. Larson will also review a randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of an innovative wearable technology to reduce pressure injuries in high-risk patients.