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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.
Would you believe that it is possible to maintain urinary continence among residents with end-stage dementia? The author of the article on which this program is based can attest to it.
Most practitioners have mistaken ideas about the inevitability of urinary incontinence as we age. That notion extends to the general public and is reinforced by advertisements for incontinence pads. However, research shows that urinary incontinence is treatable, often without pharmacologic intervention, especially if assessments are routinely made by registered nurses and behavioral interventions implemented.
This program outlines the myths and the science related to urinary incontinence, and steps you can take to assess, improve and maintain continence among your client population. The 60 minute program features interviews with Dr. Specht, nurses working in long-term care settings, a physical therapist, and a resident with urinary incontinence.
Staffing is, quite possibly, one of the most talked-about topics in health care. This program will provide you with important advice--whether your concerns revolve around the liabilities of insufficient staffing; steps to reduce these liabilities and improve your staffing sufficiency; or what the research says about the relationship between nurse staffing and the quality and cost of care.
Staffing Matters: Liability, Research, and Patient Outcomes provides further evidence of the critical link between nurse staffing and safety and quality of care and guides viewers in short and long-term strategies to protect patients and caregivers.
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