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WOCN's Evidence-Based Pressure Ulcer Guideline

Ratliff, Catherine R. PhD, APRN, BC, CWOCN

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: May 2005 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 204–208
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT extra: Guidelines Update

PURPOSE To familiarize the physician and registered professional nurse with an overview of updated guidelines for the prevention and/or management of pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and surgical site infections.

TARGET AUDIENCE This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in learning about evidence-based prevention and management of wounds.

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

  1. Discuss the origins and use of the updated guidelines presented.
  2. Describe patients at risk for incurring wounds and state preventive measures as identified in the guidelines.
  3. Identify techniques used to prevent and treat chronic or infected wounds as described in the guidelines.

This 3-part continuing education activity presents an overview of the current guidelines for managing pressure ulcers and the diabetic foot and for preventing surgical site infections.

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

This article is based on Dr Ratliff's lecture at the 19th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care, September 30 to October 3, 2004, in Phoenix, AZ.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.