Fast Facts About Pressure Ulcer Care for Nurses

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Fast Facts About Pressure Ulcer Care for Nurses

SKU# 9780826198945

How to Prevent, Detect, and Resolve Them in a Nutshell

Author: Mary Ellen Dziedzic


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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

  • Succinct Fast Facts Reference style provides easy access to important Pressure Ulcer Facts
  • Includes the Fast Facts in a Nutshell tips that help guide nursing staff towards improving assessment, treatment, and documenting skills
  • Provides care delivery parameters and documentation required for optimal Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement
  • Delivers frequently-used guidelines for on assessing, measuring, and grading pressure ulcers, and documenting the findings
  • Presents strategies for establishing an ulcer prevention program
  • Authored by a coordinator of a successful wound ostomy program in a facility that has reduced pressure ulcer occurrence by 54% in one year

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 13, 2013
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198945
  • EISBN 9780826198952

Table of Contents 

Part I. The Basics of Pressure Ulcers

Chapter 1. The Problem of Pressure Ulcer Occurrence

Chapter 2. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Skin

Part II – The Basics of Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Chapter 3. Risk Assessment

Chapter 4. Back to basics skin care—

Chapter 5. Nutrition

Chapter 6. Mobility

Chapter 7. Mattresses and specialty beds

Part III – The basics of pressure ulcer staging, assessment and care

Chapter 8 – Staging

Chapter 9. What do you do when a pressure ulcer occurs

Chapter 10. Current treatments (creating an environment of healing?)

Part IV. Improving Outcomes:Establishing an environment of skin care safety

Chapter 12. Creating an environment of safety throughout the facility

Chapter 13. Benefits of a skin care team

Chapter 14. Requirements for insurance reimbursement for pressure ulcer occurrence and improvement in patient outcomes.