Latest Methods for Pressure Ulcer Control

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Running Head: WHAT ARE THE LATEST METHODS FOR PRESSURE ULCER CONTROL? PRESSURE ULCERS Overview Nearly a quarter of the New Zealand population is aged over 65 years and this number is predicted to increase. An increasing number of people will therefore become residents in residential care facilities. Research is crucial to health care and helps ensure older adults are able to retain their independence and age successfully (Salcido, 2006). We aim, as health care professionals, to aid recovery and/or improve the quality of life for patients/residents under our care. Pressure ulcers and other diseases such as malnutrition, incontinence and falls are internationally regarded as quality of care indicators. Nosocomial incidents associated with these conditions should not develop when under the care of registered health care professionals (Maylor, 2006). Measuring the client's clinical status is the first step in finding out about the quality of care delivered. The most straightforward way to do this is by measuring the prevalence and/or incidence of specific indicators. The University of Maastricht has been running a validated programme (LPZ, National Prevalence Care problems) since 1998 that measures the prevalence of internationally accepted indicators in the above mentioned areas (Salcido, 2006). The programme has been tailored to the New Zealand health care system under the name of National Survey Care Indicators New Zealand (NSCI-NZ). Aims The primary aim of this
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