Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Pressure Ulcers Essay

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Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Pressure Ulcers

Jane Smith

Research and Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

March 10, 2010




























Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Pressure Ulcers

The primary goals for conducting nursing research are to generate new knowledge to promote positive outcomes for patients, enhance quality and cost-effectiveness of care, improve the healthcare delivery system, and validate the credibility of the nursing profession through evidence-based practice (Schmidt & Brown, 2012). The purpose of this paper is to explore the practice-related problem of pressure ulcers and the importance of the problem in the nursing profession.
Practice Setting
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The worse possible outcome of a pressure ulcer is death, with an approximation of 60,000 patients dying each year as a direct result of a pressure ulcer (Stotts & Gunningberg, 2007). This is significant to nursing practice because if we can prevent more pressure ulcers from occurring, we can dramatically improve patient outcomes, patient family and satisfaction, and even prevent the death of a loved one.
Pressure ulcers are a good way for the BSN prepared nurse to teach and educate RNs with an associate degree or diploma and other healthcare staff involved in patient care. This can be accomplished by introducing evidence-based practice information to them. They can be taught how to use to the Braden Scale effectively. They can teach others how to correctly stage and document pressure ulcers. Another important factor is stressing the importance of positioning, pressure-relieving devices, skin care and protection, and nutrition (Agency for Healthcare, 2009).
Impact on Patients and/or a Community
While nurses encounter patients with pressure ulcers in home care and acute care settings, they are mainly a problem with elderly adults in long term care facilities. This is because of decreased sensory perception, decreased activity and mobility, skin moisture from incontinence, poor nutritional intake, and friction and shear (Stotts and Gunningberg, 2007).
The estimated cost in the United States to treat…