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Pressure injury prevention: continence, skin hygiene and nutrition management.
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PMID:  20862898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To prevent pressure injuries research indicates the importance of focusing on three key areas of practice: continence, skin hygiene and nutrition. These are a synergistic trio and many patients require considered management in all three areas. In addition to targeting specific aspects of nursing care in these areas, it is also crucial that there is organisational buy-in for strategic initiatives. Some of the ways that we achieved this are outlined below: Support from managerial level by presenting evidence and education to senior nurses and directors. Nurse unit managers completed individual ward action plans outlining their individual commitments to reducing pressure injuries. Providing support and education to staff to choose and use continence products effectively. Support from allied health colleagues in prevention of pressure injuries. After implementing the actions described above, pressure injury prevalence at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane decreased from 13.78% in 2008 to 5.15% in 2010, representing a 62% reduction overall. Of these pressure injuries, 53% were stage one.
Kerri Roosen; Paul Fulbrook; Tracy Nowicki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian nursing journal (July 1993)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1320-3185     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Nurs J     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-24     Completed Date:  2010-10-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9317904     Medline TA:  Aust Nurs J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-4     Citation Subset:  N    
Items Equipment Service, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.
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MeSH Terms
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Nutritional Status
Pressure Ulcer / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Skin Care / nursing*
Urinary Incontinence / epidemiology*

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