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Raising Awareness of Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment

Baranoski, Sharon MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN

Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To provide the practitioner with updated information about pressure ulcers and their management.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in better understanding the scientific principles governing pressure ulcer development and treatment.

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the participant should be able to:

1. Discuss the etiology and assessment of pressure ulcers.

2. Describe treatment options for pressure ulcers.

The author of this continuing education activity provides an overview of how pressure ulcers develop, how to assess and manage patients with pressure ulcers, and the steps to take to help prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients.

Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN • Director of Acute Care Nursing • Provena St. Joseph Medical Center • Joliet, IL.

Ms Baranoski has disclosed that she was/is a consultant/advisor for KCI, Inc and Coloplast

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.