Pressure Ulcer Essay

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention Evidence Based Practice
Tasha Braggs
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR351 Transitions to professional nursing
Summer 2011

Professional paper

. Evidence-based practice (EBP) provides nurses with a method to use critically appraised and scientifically proven evidence for delivering quality health care to a specific population. The fundamentals of EBP are in research. Nursing research provides nurses with qualitative research findings to establish nursing practice based on scientific evidence. Researching and utilizing research findings and implementing them in nursing practice provides optimal patient outcomes. The practice of EBP includes multiple steps such as, formulating a well-built question, identifying
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With the pressure reducing mattresses patients may still form a pressure ulcer. Caution should be used with many patients who are ventilated and may not be able to tolerate frequent repositioning and become unstable. The best way to reduce pressure to an effected area to the body is repositioning. Repositioning is advocated as one of the interventions needed for the management of pressure ulcers and involves moving the individual into a different position in order to remove or redistribute pressure from a particular part of the body. ( Z. Moore, 2010). The problem of patient mobility impairment leads to skin breakdown and ulcer formation. In my clinical environment there was a quality variance of newly formed skin ulcers forming in patients that came to the hospital with no documented skin issues noted. This was a major concern to the wound team, Management team and staff nurses. After retrieving the research and chart audits showing an increase of these patient problems, my manager brainstormed and implemented a new practice on our floor that the remainder of the hospital does not utilize yet. This new task of care was named “Turn Team”.
Evidence shows that failure to reposition will result in ongoing oxygen deprivation; poor wound healing and further tissue damage. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, USA advocates two-hourly