Pressure Ulcer Prevention & Management

Implementing an evidence-based best practice system for pressure ulcer prevention and management can reduce the potential for pressure ulcer development in nursing home residents and promote healing of existing pressure ulcers.

Each resident should be assessed for pressure ulcer risk on admission and receive an in-depth assessment of any existing pressure ulcers. The assessment process drives the development of individualized interventions and goals to prevent or heal pressure ulcers. The care plan should include the specific steps necessary to meet those goals and the guidelines for reassessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the care provided and to prompt changes in treatment as needed. The use of any particular intervention should be based on the strength of the evidence provided by existing clinical trials or literature reviews. Outcomes monitoring is a vital component of any program for managing pressure ulcer risk and treating existing pressure ulcers. An effective system includes reassessment, with more frequent assessments for residents with pressure ulcers, those who are at high risk for developing pressure ulcers, or those who have experienced a significant change of condition.

The toolkit below includes evidence-based resources that will assist facility staff in developing effective systems for pressure ulcer prevention and management.

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