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WOCN 2016 Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Injuries (Ulcers): An Executive Summary

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society-Wound Guidelines Task Force

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: May/June 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 241–246
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000321
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This article provides an executive summary of recommendations from the 2016 Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries) published by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). It presents an overview of the process used to update and develop the guideline, and lists the specific recommendations from the guideline for assessment, prevention, and treatment of pressure injuries. The guideline is a resource for physicians, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals who work with adults who have/or are at risk for pressure injuries. The full text of the published guideline, which includes the available evidence supporting the recommendations and a complete reference list, is available from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, 1120 Rt 73, Ste 200, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054; Web site: www.wocn.org. Refer to the Supplemental Digital Content (http://links.lww.com/JWOCN/A38) associated with this article for a complete reference list for the guideline. The guideline has been accepted for inclusion in the National Guideline Clearinghouse (www.guideline.gov/).

Supplemental Digital Content is Available in the Text.

Primary Authors:

Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Linda R. Droste, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CBIS, Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse SCI&D, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Units, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia.

Task Force Chair:

Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

Task Force Members:

Lea Crestodina, MSN, APRN, CWOCN, CDE, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Florida.

Jan J. Johnson, MSN, RN, CWOCN, APRN, ANP-BC, Duke University Medical Center, Zebulon, North Carolina.

Teresa Kelechi, PhD, MSN, RN, GCCS, CWCN, FAAN, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

Myra F. Varnado, BS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Advanced Wound Consulting, Metairie, Louisiana.

Scribe:

Ronald Palmer, Fullerton, California.

Correspondence: Becky Carroll, Website & Publications Editor, WOCN® Society, 1120 Route 73, Ste 200, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 (bcarroll@wocn.org).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citation appears in the printed text and is provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (JWOCNOnline.com).

© 2017 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.