As the incidence of surgery-related pressure ulcers increases, it is becoming more and more crucial to focus on prevention. The costs of treating these conditions along with extended hospitalizations, added complications, and treatment options have become more evident to the surgical team.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN
What Will I Learn?
When patients are scheduled for surgery, they depend on the surgical team to protect them from complications. They rarely think about problems that might occur from inadequate positioning or what happens to body parts that are not protected from undue pressure. Once anesthesia has been administered, the patient’s pain receptors no longer detect pain or pressure. At this time, the role of the perioperative nurse in protecting the patient from harm becomes more critical than ever.
Upon completion of this study guide, the participant should be able to:
1. Review the incidence and etiology of pressure ulcers.
2. Describe a variety of perioperative practices needed for effective pressure management.