Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Gail Bryant, RN, MSN, CRRN
  • David Verhaag, MD
Item#: I6341
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Understanding Decubitus Ulcers: Pathology, Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment



Price $29.95
Item # I6341
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course defines decubitus ulcers and also includes statistics, prevalence, pathophysiology, risk factors, stages, prevention, treatment, psychosocial assessment, and patient education.

AOTA Content Focus - Evaluation & Intervention

Course Objectives
  • Identify the factors which put the elderly at increased risk for decubitus ulcer formation.
  • Identify the six most common locations for decubitus ulcers.
  • Describe pressure reduction devices and pressure relieving devices.
  • Differentaite between friction shearing force and pressure as contributing factors for decubitus ulcer formation.
  • Recognize the stages of a decubitus ulcer.
  • Identify the treatment modalities for decubitus ulcers.
  • List the risk factors for developing a decubitus ulcer.
  • Describe the series of events in the development of a decubitus ulcer including the role of capillary closing pressure.
  • Identify the goals of a psychosocial assessment.
  • Define the goals for managing a patient with decubitus ulcers.
  • Identify factors which inhibit healing of a decubitus ulcer.
Gail Bryant, RN, MSN, CRRN, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Texas. In addition, she has a nursing certification in rehabilitation from the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Gail is a tenured Associate Professor at the College of Santa Fe and was chairperson in the Department of Nursing for two years from 1987 to 1989. As an educator, she received the prestigious teaching ward, “Burlington Teacher of Excellence Award,” for her contributions to teaching courses in the areas of medical, surgical, and clinical nursing. She has continually worked as a charge nurse on the Physical Rehabilitation Unit and the Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Unit of St Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As an author, she has written several chapters on “Modalities: Immobilization with Casts, Braces, and Splints” for such textbooks as Orthopedic Nursing and Orthopedic Journal. Recently, she published an article on “Stump Care” in the American Journal of Nursing. As a successful biomedical writer and educator she is frequently asked to do research, lecture, and write in the areas of disease and rehabilitation.

David A. Verhaag, MD, has more than 30 years of experience as a family practice physician in Roseville CA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California Santa Barbara in 1966 and received his medical training at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Verhaag completed his internship at U.C.L.A Harbor General Hospital and his residency at U.C. Davis/Sacramento Medical Center in family practice. He was founder and partner in the Oakridge Medical Group in Roseville CA where he practiced for 17 years. Dr. Verhaag has been an active staff member at the Sutter Roseville Medical Center clinical faculty member of the U.C. Davis Department of Family Practice member of the Quality Review Committee of the Medical Board of California. Dr. Verhaag co-published the article "Prescribing for Chronic Pain" in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.