A Quick Guide to Pressure Ulcers

The CDC estimates that 2% to 28% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers, a statistic which will not surprise wound care specialists. Unfortunately, in 2004 only 35% of nursing home residents who suffered from stage 2 or higher pressure ulcers received specialized wound care treatment.*  The cost of adult hospitalizations for pressure ulcers in 2006 totaled $11 billion.**

It is vital that all wound care specialists, and any practicing clinician, learn the current best practices to ensure the positive outcomes for their patients. Look through the clinical, peer-reviewed resources below, and stay up to date on wound care recommendations and implement them in your practice today!

 

Resources and Clinical Articles

Building an effective pressure ulcer prevention program

As a wound care nurse, do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders when trying to implement a pressure ulcer prevention program? Many staff members think it’s up to the wound care nurse alone to implement the program. However, a successful program requires involvement from all staff and is a 24/7 endeavor.
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Pressure ulcer guideline syntheses

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) makes it easy to compare guidelines for managing pressure ulcers: See Management of pressure ulcers and Prevention of pressure ulcers.
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Is your wound-cleansing practice up to date?

With so much focus on dressing choices, it’s easy to forget the importance of wound cleansing. Cleaning a wound removes loose debris and planktonic (free-floating) bacteria, provides protection to promote an optimal environment for healing, and facilitates wound assessment by optimizing visualization of the wound. You should clean a wound every time you change a
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