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Research has indicated that the risk and occurrence of pressure ulcers is high enough in nearly every healthcare setting to warrant concern. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (A.H.C.P.R.) has issued a Clinical Practice Guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention. This program summarizes the guideline by explaining how to identify adults at risk for pressure ulcers, what types of intervention techniques prevent pressure ulcer formations, and how to manage Stage I pressure ulcers.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Risk Factors and Assessment Tools
  • Prevention and Treatment Techniques
  • Protecting Against Pressure, Shear, and Friction
  • Education
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of the risk factors for pressure ulcers, the stages of the condition and how to prevent them.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify individuals at risk for developing pressure ulcers.
  • LIst at least three factors that place an individual at risk for developing pressure ulcers.
  • Describe two assessment tools that help identify individuals at risk for developing pressure ulcers.
  • Define the four stages of pressure ulcer development.
  • LIst ways to reduce pressure or relieve pressure in order to prevent injury.
  • Describe at least three areas that should be emphasized when educating patients to help prevent pressure ulcers in the home environment.

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