This Fast Facts will assist with improving outcomes for patients with pressure ulcers and strategies for decreasing pressure ulcer occurrence within a facility. Using the easy to read, quick-access Fast Facts style, the book presents guidelines for assessing, preventing, and treating pressure ulcers, for establishing an ulcer reduction program, and for increasing reimbursement. It includes tips for care in the Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature format.
Pressure ulcers can be devastating not only for the patient but those caring for them. Sometimes with even the best of care, pressure ulcers occur, but what about those that can be prevented? The author, with the help of nursing staff at all levels, achieved pressure ulcers reduction in her facility by 54% over a one year period through implementation of an ulcer reduction program.
This book will cover pressure ulcer risk assessment (important to include in the initial patient assessment), incidence, underlying causative factors, factors to eliminate when planning patient care, equipment that can help prevent 'pressure' on susceptible patient tissues, issues concerning dressings and treatments, benefits of creating a skin care team, how to document to insure higher reimbursement, and lastly, working with outpatients.
Additionally, nurses studying for certification as a Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) will find support material related to identifying, preventing, and resolving pressure ulcers that is difficult to access in other publications.
Key Features of this Book in Bullet-Point Format
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Mary Ellen Dziedzic, MSN, RN, WOCN, is Coordinator, Wound Ostomy Program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA where her work resulted in a 54% reduction of pressure ulcers over a one-year period. Ms Dziedzic has revamped and focused the skin care team, developed skin care guidelines, introduced new mattresses for entire facility, and has developed a training programme for new hires. Her more than 30 years' experience as an RN has included experience as a Clinical Nurse Educator, a Quality Improvement Specialist II, and a Performance Innovation Consultant Clinician. She has contributed many articles to Mosby's Nursing Consult on various topics, including: Preventing Pressure Ulcers in an Acute Care Facility, Medication Safety and Reconciliation, and Ensuring Patient Safety. At Geisinger, she has delivered presentations on Update on Women and Heart Disease and Adverse Drug Reactions. She is certified as a Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) and as a BCLS Instructor.
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