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Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Of all patients in the acute care setting, nearly 50% are at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. 1% to 38% will develop an ulcer. Pressure ulcers are a significant and costly healthcare concern. They cause significant pain, they cost between $10,000 and $40,000 per ulcer to treat, they are viewed as an indicator of poor care by CMS [glossary] and The Joint Commission. CMS will no longer reimburse hospitals for pressure ulcers developed during hospitalization, and they can be a basis for legal action against facilities, physicians, and nurses. Most pressure ulcers can be prevented. Most early-stage pressure ulcers can be healed.

In this course, participants will learn the basic facts about pressure ulcers, how to prevent pressure ulcers as well as how to document pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. This information will help improve patient health, comply with regulatory standards, and protect healthcare workers from legal liability.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List risk factors for pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients.
  • Distinguish among pressure ulcers at different stages to assess a patient condition.
  • Recognize how to use a pressure ulcer risk assessment tool to assist in improving patient outcomes.
  • Identify pressure ulcer prevention and treatment strategies to promote better patient outcomes.
  • List items that must be documented as evidence of appropriate pressure ulcer care to demonstrate compliance with current criteria and practice guidelines.