Capstone Project Milestone # 4: Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Pressure ulcers continue to be a prevalent issue in the health care system and causes “pain, slow recovery from morbid conditions, infection and death” (Kwong, Pang, Aboo, & Law, 2009, p. 2609). In the field of nursing turning and repositioning patients is a well-known nursing intervention to prevent development of pressure ulcers. However, many hospitals and facilities still neglect to apply this as a standard policy. This gives room for nurses and nursing aides to overlook the importance of this intervention resulting in increased pressure ulcer development. The purpose of turning and repositioning patients is to prevent oxygen …show more content…
Pressure ulcers continue to be a prevalent issue in the health care system. Pressure ulcers not only cause pain but can also prolong hospital stay for many patients. Researchers have repeatedly shown that turning and repositioning are the most important and effective measures for preventing pressure ulcers. The Braden scale helps identify those at risk and by mandating a turn and reposition schedule, it will help prevent new development of pressure ulcers.