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Preventing Pediatric Pressure Injuries

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Learning Objectives

  • Occiput pressure injuries
  • Device related pressure injuries
  • Pressure redistribution surfaces

Course Description

Like adult pressure injury prevention, pediatric pressure injury prevention includes early risk assessment, and reliably implementing prevention strategies for at-risk patients. This course examines pressure injury prevention practices including the ways pediatric pressure injury prevention differs from adult pressure injury:

  • Occiput (back of the skull) rather than sacrum is the most common site of pressure injury development
  • Different positioning techniques (holding the patient in the caregiver’s arms)
  • Special considerations for pressure-redistribution surfaces

Author Information

As a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network, Children’s Hospital Colorado is 100% dedicated to caring for kids at all ages and stages of growth. With more than 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees, the hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and several locations throughout the region.

Did You Know...

  • Each year, 2.5 million patients are affected by pressure injuries at a cost of about $12 billion.
  • The cost of individual cases ranges from $20,000 to $150,000.
  • About 60,000 patients die as a direct result of pressure injuries each year.
  • Skin condition is often under-assessed during nursing’s head-to-toe exams—a thorough examination of the skin is a critical step in the recognition and prevention of pressure injuries. This course will examine risk assessment and the implementation of effective prevention strategies.

Course at a Glance

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60 Minutes

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Children's Hospital Colorado

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