Pressure Injury Prevalence and Demographic Trends
WOC nurses are often charged with facility-wide pressure injury prevention programs as well as the ongoing monitoring and data collection of this patient safety measure. In this issue, Catherine VanGilder and colleagues present 10 years of U.S. pressure ulcer prevalence and demographic data by care setting in their manuscript titled The International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey: 2006-2015. This study includes data from 918,621 patients whose facilities voluntarily participated in the annual International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey facilitated by Hill-Rom, Inc. The prevalence data showed decline over the 10 years in all practice settings, while Braden risk scores remained constant and the weight of patients increased over that same time frame. This data will be interesting to clinicians who have worked hard to implement pressure injury prevention programs in their facilities.
This issue's platform article by Stephanie Yates and colleagues report of consensus-based interventions for medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI) is avaialable at this link. This qualifies as a must read article because of its focus on this unique area of the specialty practice and because it provides the most detailed description of adhesive technology ever published in professional health care literature.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP
Updates on the WOCN Society's Support Surface Algorithm
by Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, CNS, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP, FAAN and Chris Carchidi, MBA
As 2016 nears the end, we have much to celebrate and commemorate. One of these is the Support Surface algorithm in its new updated version. It has been nearly two years since the JWOCN published the original work. In that time span, clinicians from around the world have accessed this clinical tool more than 18,000 times. The developers have presented this valuable guide at conferences across the country, starting with the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Meeting in 2015. It has continued to draw attention from outside of WOC specialty practice, including recognition from the American Nurses Association.
Given the success of the Society's compression therapy for venous leg ulcers algorithm, which includes a brand name product formulary, the developers further refined the Support Surface algorithm for optimal use across the continuum of care by building a similar formulary featuring popular brand name mattresses and overlays. The developers completed this new formulary and integrated it into the electronic version of the algorithm. You can now access the newly updated support surface algorithm to explore the product formulary in full detail. You can also expect to see an article in JWOCN soon describing the update in more detail.
In addition, the Society and algorithm creators are in the process of developing a FREE continuing education course that will include information on how to incorporate this algorithm into practice including some patient case scenarios. Look for more information on this course from the Society in early 2017. In the meantime, the Society is interested in knowing how this tool has helped your practice and clinical outcomes. You are encouraged to contact them by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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