Pressure Injury Prevention in Long-term Care
Learn how to prevent pressure injuries (PIs) and improve outcomes in patients living in long-term care facilities. This course will also discuss how to build and implement a project designed to prevent PIs. Start learning today!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that pressure injuries (PIs) affect millions of patients each year, with incidence rates ranging from 2.2% to 23.9% in long-term care organizations. PIs occur as a result of intense or prolonged pressure in combination with shear and are affected by excessive heat and moisture, poor nutrition and blood circulation, chronic illness, and soft-tissue conditions (for example, an abrasion or sprain). This article describes how a healthcare team followed the evidence to successfully enhance their Pressure Injury Prevention program to improve outcomes for at-risk patients at their facility.
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Describe strategies for preventing pressure injuries (PIs) in long-term care (LTC).
- Discuss how to implement a project designed to prevent PIs in LTC.
Melissa De Los Santos, DNP, RN
Melissa De Los Santos is a professor in the vocational nursing program at Austin Community College, Eastview Campus in Austin, Texas.