• This course focuses on the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injury/ulcers (HAPU) in Medical-Surgical Units. Risk factors are discussed as are challenges such as immobility, medical devices and protection of the heel. The difference between skin damage caused by moisture and that caused by pressure is detailed. Evidence-based preventive interventions are presented as are the essential components of successful HAPU programs. Minimizing other hospital-acquired skin injury such as skin tears and injury from medical tape are also discussed.
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to…
• Discuss the pathophysiology of pressure injuries and their impact on patients, caregivers and facilities.
• Explain the risk factors for pressure injury development and the key role of risk and skin assessment in their prevention.
• 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 moisture versus damage caused by pressure and shear and identify preventive measure to prevent both types of skin damage.
• Describe at least 5 key ingredients of effective Pressure Injury Prevention Programs
• Identify the causes, preventive strategies and treatment interventions for skin tears, medical adhesive and blistering skin injuries.
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