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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 107(11):40-48, November 2007
The Braden Scale is a simple and easy-to-use tool which allows nurses to quickly assess for the risk of ulcer development, as well as modify care and interventions to target those specific factors which put patients in danger Coupled with routine skin assessment, use of the Braden Scale is a best practice which all nurses can implement as part of routine care. Where pressure ulcers already exist, using the Braden Scale to identify and address precise areas where problems have been identified is also a best practice to promote healing. This video demonstrates the use of the Braden Scale, as well as how to perform skin assessment, and outlines the factors contributing to ulcer development. Viewers will learn about prevention strategies, as well as considerations for patients at discharge.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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