This course focuses on the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injury. Topics include: patient and ICU environmental risk factors and challenges to prevention such as immobility, bariatric patients, protecting the heel as well as preventing injury from medical devices and moisture. Evidence-based preventive interventions are presented. This continuing education activity is for nurses who need to learn more about preventing pressure injuries in the critical care environment.
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to…
• Discuss the physiology and impact of hospital-acquired pressure injuries/ulcers
• Understand the key role of risk and skin assessment in preventing HAPI.
• Recognize the patient and ICU environmental risk factors for pressure injury/ulcer (PI) development
• Identify challenging issues and evidence-based interventions for immobility-related, medical device-related and heel pressure injuries
• Differentiate the types of damage to skin caused by exposure to excess moisture versus damage caused by pressure and shear and identify preventive measures to prevent both types of skin damage
• Describe preventive interventions for the bariatric population.
• Identify risk factors and preventive interventions for pressure injuries that originate in the Emergency and Interventional Departments
• Describe 5 characteristics of pressure injury prevention programs (PIPPs) that have been found helpful in critical care environments