ABOUT THIS COURSE:
The elderly comprises about 13 percent of the total population in the United States. One problem that is frequently encountered in this population is pressure ulcers. According to one source, about 70 percent of all pressure ulcers are found in adults over 65 years of age. These statistics demonstrate the enormity of this medical problem. In many circumstances, these can be prevented. Nurses are at the front line of those who can have an impact and prevent this problem. The costs incurred from this problem are enormous and one source cites that between 11 and 17 billion dollars are spent annually on managing pressure ulcers. The problem is only compounded when more than half of pressure ulcer patients discharged from hospitals are sent to long-term care facilities. The purpose of this course is to provide you with basic information as well as specifics about pressure ulcers. You will learn about the basic assessment of pressure ulcers as well as factors that can contribute to the development of pressure ulcers. The prevention strategies and treatment regimen of pressure ulcers will be addressed. In addition, you will gain knowledge about preventative interventions to incorporate into your practice. All of this information will hopefully decrease the incidence of this frequently encountered problem and provide you with the necessary tools to address it. In addition, through interactive exercises, case scenarios, and didactics, you will be able to distinguish findings that need to be communicated to appropriate individuals and documented for successful patient treatment plans.