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Release Date: April 20, 2017
Expiration Date: January 31, 2020
The development of a pressure injury represents a serious problem for many individuals and represents more than $10 billion annually in healthcare costs. Aside from financial costs, pressure injuries affect the quality of people’s lives. Unfortunately, pressure injury is a chronic wound type that is most consistently associated with negligent care, which can negatively reflect the quality of care of the entire care setting. This makes it the responsibility of the nurse, as the professional closest to the patient, and all care providers to properly care for patients at risk for or suffering from pressure injuries.
Because of the cost to manage pressure injuries, regulatory requirements (such as those imposed by the CMS), and quality-of-life concerns, much emphasis needs to be placed on prevention and early detection of these devastating injuries. Nurses, as the care providers closest to patients, must be diligent, aware, and have an understanding of the pathophysiology, risk factors, prevention, and management strategies required to address pressure injuries in persons of all ages. Strategies to prevention and care include utilizing resources such as interdisciplinary team expertise and selecting and procuring appropriate support devices.
This course will provide nurses involved in the management of wounds with an overview of the prevention and management of pressure injuries. Topics will include pressure injury etiology, assessment for risk in order to properly intervene in the management and prevention of pressure injuries, support surfaces, and issues that play a role in the development of skin care teams, with an emphasis on the prevention of pressure injuries.
This course provides nurses with key concepts and principles of pressure injury risk, prevention, and care. Patient assessment, accurate and timely documentation, selection of appropriate support devices and utilization of specialized teams are actions the nurse initiates when managing the care of patients at risk for or experiencing pressure injuries.
- Understand the risks for and contributing factors in the formation of pressure injuries, prevention approaches using appropriate support surfaces, the care of pressure injuries, and the value of skin care teams.
- Identify contributing factors of pressure injury formation and the best approaches to pressure injury care.
- Select a support surface based on patient risk factors for pressure injury formation or in the presence of a pressure injury.
- Describe the benefits of a skin and wound care team to an organization.
Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN, has over 25 years of experience in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Akron and a Master of Science degree with a minor in education from the University of Phoenix. She is the current program director of the R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD School of WOC Nursing Education at Cleveland Clinic. Linda also serves the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society™ in a variety of roles and is the current President-elect of the WOCN® Mideast Region. She has authored or coauthored publications on stoma construction, fistula management, and WOC nursing subjects, and presented on a variety of wound management topics.
Barbara J. Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN, graduated from St. John College with her BSN in 1978. She attended the R.B. Turnbull School of WOC Nursing in 1982. She received her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Barbara has worked at a tertiary care facility in the acute care and outpatient areas as staff, clinical manager of the ostomy/fistula team, and now serves as the Assistant Director of the R. B. Turnbull, Jr. School of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education. She has published on WOC nursing topics and is a past section editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She has presented on a variety of ostomy and wound care topics locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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.