Improve risk assessment for pressure ulcers

January 2010
Hospice Management Advisor;Jan2010, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p4
The Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative reduced the number of pressure ulcers at more than 160 organizations in a 15-month period. The initiative included a collaborative effort among the providers to share best practices and develop educational materials related to pressure ulcers. ∎ Aides play a key role in the monitoring of skin condition and early identification of potential problems. ∎ Standardized tools, such as the Braden Scale, can be used to accurately identify risk levels. ∎ Intervention guidelines must be available to all staff members to ensure timely prevention or treatment of pressure ulcers.


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