This interprofessional Best Practice Guideline is a comprehensive document that provides resources for evidence-based interprofessional practice. It is not intended to be a manual or "how to" guide, but rather a tool to guide best practices and enhance decision making for interprofessional teams working with people with existing
pressure injuries. The Guideline should be reviewed and applied in accordance with both the needs of the individual organizations or practice settings, and the needs and preferences of the person with a pressure injury. In addition, the Guideline provides an overview of appropriate structures and supports for providing the best possible evidence based care.
This best practice guideline assists nurses who work in diverse practice settings to identify adults who are at risk of pressure ulcers. This guideline focuses its recommendations on:
Practice Recommendations including assessment, planning, intervention and discharge/transfer of care
Educational Recommendations for supporting the skills required for nurses working with adults at risk for pressure ulcers
Organization & Policy Recommendations addressing the importance of a supportive practice environment as an enabling factor for providing high quality nursing care, which includes ongoing evaluation of guideline implementation.
Skin care and wound prevention strategies -- Assessing documenting chronic wounds -- Understanding and managing chronic wounds -- Best practices for managing the effects of lymphedema -- Laboratory values in chronic wound management -- Harnessing technology : EMR checklists and operational compliance.
Rev. ed. of Skin & wound care / Cathy Thomas Hess. 6th ed. c2008.