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Prevention of Pressure Injuries

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Learning Objectives

  • Use the Braden Q Scale risk assessment to determine a patient’s pressure injury risk
  • Implement appropriate prevention practices based on Braden scores
  • Manage patient medical devices, clothing, and accessories to prevent pressure injuries
  • Employ appropriate pressure prevention equipment (specialty beds, wedges, support surfaces, etc.)
  • Identify patient positioning and repositioning to prevent pressure injuries
  • Classify injuries according to the pressure injury stages
  • Understand how nutrition, mobility, and activity influence pressure injury risk
  • Perform skin assessments to prevent pressure injuries
  • Differentiate between pressure

Course Description

This course covers pressure injury prevention practices, including risk assessments, patient positioning, and pressure injury prevention equipment.

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

target audience icon Target Audience:

Nurses

time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

20 - 30

contributor icon Co-development Partner:

UCHealth

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