Nursing CPD Institute

Pressure Injury Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies in Operating Room Patients

CPD Hours: 0.5
Current as at 17 August 2021
The article reviews the findings of a study tour to investigate how several key hospitals in the USA are using new tools to assess perioperative patients for pressure injury risk.

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Course Content

Findings from a study tour of novel practices in American hospitals

Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) lead to complications such as increased pain, increased bed days, re-admissions, multiple surgical interventions, possible disfigurement, decreased quality of life, increased health care cost and mortality. However, HAPIs are preventable and financial penalties have been imposed in some parts of the world as a strategy for ensuring hospitals comply with standards of practice to prevent them from occurring.

The article reviews the findings of a study tour to investigate how several key hospitals in the USA are using new tools to assess perioperative patients for pressure injury risk. Additionally, we aimed to explore what preventative interventions are being used for patients identified as being at risk of developing a pressure injury and to discover how these practices have been implemented.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Review assessment tools for pressure injury risk in the operating theatre
  • Explore what is happening in other hospitals
  • Review the application of assessment in an electronic format
  • Investigate the applicability in the Australian Context
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