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Pressure Ulcer - Prevention Actions

What are some actions staff can take to prevent pressure ulcers in high risk residents?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only

A multi-component approach is recommended. The plan of care for a resident at risk for developing a pressure ulcer should include the following:
  • Skin inspection, skin cleansing, care for dry skin, use of moisture barriers and massage
  • Nutritional support based on an individualized nutritional needs assessment
  • Avoidance of skin injury from friction or shear forces through the use of positioning, transferring and turning techniques
  • A plan to maintain and, when appropriate, to increase mobility and activity level
  • Improvement in positioning, repositioning, transferring and turning techniques to reduce skin injury caused by friction and shear force
  • Use of repositioning devices, and mechanical loading and support surfaces to reduce skin injury caused by friction or shear force
  • Staff educational programs on the assessment, prevention, and treatment protocols.
In addition, any hand off communications should include relevant information about the resident's risk of developing a pressure ulcer, or the treatment and status of any existing pressure ulcers.

Last updated on March 16, 2021
Manual: Assisted Living Community
Chapter: Provision of Care Treatment and Services PC

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