This course focuses on pressure injuries that occur during the perioperative period. It reviews the incidence, pathophysiology, surgical patients at risk, most common locations, preventive interventions and characteristics common to successful Surgical prevention programs. The most current National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Guidelines and AORN Pressure Injury Prevention Toolkit recommendations are the basis of this course.
After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology of pressure injury development including pressure, shear, and moisture.
2. Identify specific pressure injury risks intrinsic to the patient condition and intrinsic to surgical procedures
3. Describe evidence-based interventions for pressure injury prevention in the perioperative period.
4. Recognize risks and interventions specific to: medical device-related and heel pressure injuries.
5. Describe the cost savings and patient outcome benefits attributable to pressure ulcer prevention.
6. Identify the characteristics of an effective pressure injury prevention program in the perioperative period.
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