Ready, Set, Go! Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention & Awareness Day - Thursday, November 21, 2019
AMT is proud to support the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel for its leading-edge efforts towards prevention and management of pressure injuries. In 2013, The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) formerly, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) designated the third Thursday of every November to internationally celebrate and promote education.
What Is Pressure Injury
A pressure injury is localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device. The injury can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. The injury occurs as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear. The tolerance of soft tissue for pressure and shear may also be affected by microclimate, nutrition, perfusion, co-morbidities and condition of the soft tissue. The full list of NPIAP pressure injury definition stages can be found here.
What We Know
Promoting a “prevention mindset” for you staff is key in preventing pressure injuries and reducing the financial burden caused by pressure injuries. The goal is to keep the Resident moving as much as possible increasing blood flow, while reducing shearing and friction forces. Consistent, good skin care is just as important. Keeping the skin clean, dry, and moisturized, while managing the microclimate will promote quality skin care management. The pressure injury prevention list can be found here.
Remove the Cause
Pressure Injuries can develop at any age, but more commonly it is the senior population that uses wheelchairs, is bedbound and wears medical devices and who, are therefore at highest risk. If a pressure injury does develop, you first want to identify the cause while using a holistic approach. You will want to investigate the cause from every angle. Until the cause of the pressure injury is removed, the pressure injury will not heal. Encourage your nursing staff to focus more on a prevention mindset while encompassing ongoing education.
AMT offers many educational offerings throughout the year and on demand, but Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention & Awareness Day is an extra opportunity for AMT to support you and your nursing staff. Ongoing education not only helps bolster quality of care but promotes team work. AMT is part of your team! We encourage you to reach out to your designated Clinical Specialist for any educational or clinical support needs.
There is an array of FREE educational materials such as posters, fact sheets, and brochures available to download and print on The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel’s website. These educational tools will help your facility promote and celebrate Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention & Awareness Day. These tools can be downloaded here.
Debridement: Who, When & How in Long-Term Care
Debridement is a fundamental component of wound management and a standard of practice. Preparing the wound bed for healing must be done adequately to facilitate the best outcomes and provide opportunities for closure and subsequent healing.
This program will discuss the: Who, When and How components of chronic wound debridement — specifically for the population residing in the long-term care setting. Content will include assessment prior to debridement (e.g., vascular studies to the lower extremity), types of debridement and precautions/contraindications of debridement. Attend this session to better recognize which wounds will benefit from debridement and how to best accomplish this in the long-term care setting.
At the end of this program participants will be able to:
AMT Education Division is a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15291. This program is approved for 1 nursing contact hour by the California Board of Nursing.
Pressure ulcer/injury (PU/PI) prevention is considered a quality measure in most care settings—including long-term nursing facilities. To comply with federal regulations, a facility must demonstrate, through the resident assessment processes, care plan documentation and clinical outcomes, that the only facility acquired PU/PIs are unavoidable. Providing this level of care (prevention of all PU/PIs, except those produced by the resident’s failing physiology) requires that the facility have processes and protocols in-place to move the entire staff towards the goal of PU/PI prevention.
The faculty of this webinar will use a Self-Assessment Worksheet to help facilities identify current processes, gaps and places for improvement. Whether a facility has a root cause analysis program firmly in-place, are just beginning, or are working toward their PU/PI Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement process, this program has content to help inform and support the goal of PU/PI prevention.
At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:
Dear Partners in Care,
We have seen a tremendous interest in our Quarterly webinars as well as the presentations for some of our corporate clients related to Infection Management and Antibiotic Stewardship. This link and these handouts were mentioned and referenced in one of our last presentations and we wanted to take this opportunity to share them with all of you.
Here is the link to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which has some great documents that will serve you related to surveillance. (https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/ltach/index.html)
Below is the link from the CDC’s Antibiotic Stewardship page. This is a GREAT page for you to find documents to assist you and your team with education as you begin framing your antibiotic stewardship program. (https://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/prevention/antibiotic-stewardship.html)
Also remember to refer to the new State Operation Manual (November 2017) with the updates from the Final Rule. This is a critical document for every facility management team to have, as it contains the updated F-Tags. You should note that the new Infection Control tag, F880 (previously F441) has been significantly updated.
And lastly, remember to look at the infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship pilot survey that is being done this year. The surveyor worksheet in this document is very important for your program developers and management to review, as it guides the surveyor to review the building’s antibiotic stewardship program, which will be mandated for facilities to have in place by November 28, 2017 – just a few weeks away!
Please reach out to your AMT representative for education related to this or other topics pertinent to wound care and infection management.
Enjoy your week!
Lynn Tabor MS, RN, WCC
Director of Education & Training