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Expiration Date: June 30, 2017
In the past several years, the prediction and prevention of pressure ulcers has been studied extensively; as a result, excellent guidelines have been developed to assist clinicians with their practices, screening tools have been created to identify patients at greatest risk for pressure ulcers, and a set of protocols has been instituted to help prevent ulcers. This course provides the clinician with evidence-based pressure ulcer assessment techniques, patient care approaches, and risk/prevention strategies that can be incorporated into clinical practice, to enable the achievement of optimal patient outcomes.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.
- Discuss issues related to the incidence, prevalence, and cost of pressure ulcers.
- Identify the three most common sites for pressure ulcers.
- List factors that contribute to pressure ulcer formation.
- Describe approaches to pressure ulcer care.
- Identify five factors that place the patient at risk for pressure ulcer formation.
- Explain the uses of a risk assessment tool.
- Discuss the effect of malnutrition on tissue integrity.
- Describe the role of support surfaces in pressure ulcer prevention.
- Describe patient teaching topics for pressure ulcer prevention.
Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN, is a clinical nurse specialist in wound, ostomy, and continence and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. She received her diploma in nursing from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden, NJ, and bachelor and master degrees in nursing from Widener University in Chester, PA. She has been board certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) for all of her nursing practice. Ms. Goldberg is well known as a national lecturer, has co-authored a textbook on urinary and fecal diversions, and has authored many articles and chapters on wound and ostomy care. She has been active in the WOCN Society as an officer and president at the local, regional, and national levels and is a past president of the Society. Ms. Goldberg assisted with the creation of guidelines for wound and ostomy care published by the WOCN Society, and is currently on the board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and serves as their treasurer.
Laurel R. Smith, BSN, RN, CWCN, has been a registered nurse since 1983. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her nursing experience includes supervision of a pediatric outpatient clinic. She has worked in wound care for more than 12 years and earned certification in wound management from the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society in 2005. For the last 7 years, Ms. Smith has managed an outpatient wound care center where she has clinical oversight, as well as the daily activities of the unit. She has an interest in sharing her knowledge with other healthcare professionals and hopes that the educational material included in this book will provide-up-to date wound care information and assist others to increase their wound care knowledge and develop their skills.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.