The Policy Pressure Ulcer Prevention And Managing Skin Integrity

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Present the Evidence for Practice Guidelines related to Pressure Ulcer Prevention
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the policy Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Managing Skin Integrity is supported by and what needs to be changed as according to the evidence.
A pressure ulcer is a localized injury to the skin usually over bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear. It is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of patient admitted to the hospital acquire a pressure ulcer and it result in increased suffering, morbidity and mortality. The policy titled Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Managing Skin integrity provides direction for the nurses to prevent the development of pressure ulcer. It was develop to minimize the risk and prevent the occurrence of the skin breakdown by promoting prompt evaluation and intervention.
Problem Statement Prevention of pressure ulcers is a complex process and even though it is acceptable that some are unavoidable, most are consider preventable (Elliott, 2010). Therefore it is important for the hospitals to develop guidelines that are based on evidence which the nurse could fallow. Failure to develop such a guideline could lead to negative patient outcomes by increasing the occurrence of pressure ulcers.
Most Recent Evidence The purpose of guidelines is to promote-evidence based care and to prevent the development of pressure ulcers (Neilson, 2014). The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses…
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