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Evidence-Based Prevention of Pressure Ulcers in the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Karen L. Cooper, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, WOCN

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2017

Topics: SkinWoundPatientSafety

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Fee
Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The development of stage III or IV pressure ulcers is currently considered a never event. Critical care patients are at high risk for development of pressure ulcers because of the increased use of devices, hemodynamic instability, and the use of vasoactive medications. This article addresses risk factors, risk scales such as the Norden, Braden, Waterlow, and Jackson-Cubbin scales used to determine the risk of pressure ulcers in critical care patients, and prevention of device-related pressure ulcers in patients in the critical care unit.

Objectives

  • Identify factors that place critically ill patients at increased risk for pressure ulcers
  • Describe the pressure risks associated with commonly used devices in the critical care setting
  • Apply evidence-based strategies for the prevention of pressure ulcers in critical care patients

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.

Disclosure

This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. Approval of a continuing education activity does not imply endorsement by AACN or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with the activity.

Accreditation

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation. ANCC Provider Number 0012 (60 min contact hour). AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing California Provider number CEP01036 contact hours (50 min contact hour).

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