A pediatric inpatient hospital stay can be a traumatic experience. The unique and immature anatomy of infants and children, along with the increasing complexity of their medical and surgical care, has resulted in a population at significant risk for complications such as pressure injuries, non-healing surgical wounds, and moisture-associated skin damage.
Although there are evidence-based risk assessment tools to identify at-risk patients, the incidence rate of pediatric pressure injuries ranges from 0.20% to 27% and rises up to 44% in the pediatric intensive care unit setting.
Children are not miniature adults, and we see an increase of pressure injuries resulting from technological advances and necessary lifesaving medical equipment; up to 40% of hospitalized children develop a medical device–related pressure injury.
Beyond pressure injuries, there is a wide array of pediatric wounds and a multitude of treatment options available, however, wound care practices are currently based on a combination of provider experience and preference.
Although general principles of wound healing are similar for children and adults, there are limited clinical guidelines to direct the choice of specific wound care products in the management of prevention and management of wounds in children.
This session will discuss the current state of pressure injuries in pediatrics and review the 2019 International Guidelines Pediatric Recommendations. With more attention being focused on ill-fitting equipment for pediatric patients, the session will address a review of pressure injury prevention bundles as evidence to reduce the incidence rate of pressure injury in children.
Participants in this webinar will:
- Discuss the current state of pressure injuries in pediatrics
- Review 2019 International Guidelines Pediatric Recommendations
- Describe skin and wound care best practices for the pediatric population