Avoidable Versus Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers: The State of the Science
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PAP features a must read article by authors Janice Beitz and Janice Caldwell titled Stomal and Peristomal Complications: Prioritizing Management Approaches in Adults. This article gives the results of a cross-sectional quantitative study revealing some clearly preferred approaches to a variety of ostomy complications. This study provides the world's first research support for prioritized approaches and evidence-based practice in ostomy care.
This print edition is a must read for all clinicians faced with leading quality improvement efforts in pressure ulcer prevention, identification and documentation of present on admission. The issue of the unavoidable pressure ulcer remains a dilemma in all practice settings, but especially in acute care where patients are often critically ill. Unavoidable Pressure Injury: State of the Science and Consensus Outcomes summarizes the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's recent consensus conference and provides a thorough review of current literature concerning pressure ulcer risk factors and their influence on pressure ulcer prevention.
The Challenges in Practice feature, authored by Rebecca Mackintosh, Annette Gwilliam and Mary Williams addresses a creative approach in teaching pressure ulcer staging to staff by comparing skin color change to fruits and vegetables. Read the article Teaching the Fruits of Pressure Ulcer Staging at this link.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN