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Responding to research demonstrating the high incidence and high cost of pressure ulcers in nearly every healthcare setting, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) formerly Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) developed two clinical practice guidelines: Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention outlines strategies for preventing pressure ulcers, and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers provides guidelines for effectively treating pressure ulcers when they develop.

  • 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
  • Assessment
  • Assessing the Individual
  • Managing Tissue Loads
  • Ulcer Care
  • Managing Bacterial Colonization and Infection
  • Operative Repair
  • Education and Quality Improvement
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of pressure ulcers, their causes, symptoms and complications.

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

  • Assess an at-risk patient for the presence of pressure ulcers.
  • Assess a pressure ulcer and properly categorize it into one of four stages.
  • Outline and describe the four initial steps of ulcer care.
  • Describe positioning techniques used to support healing.
  • Describe the types of support surfaces and their uses.
  • Identify when adjunctive therapy or operative repair may be required.

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