How to prevent pressure injury in ICU? Let's talk about research evidence!

The basics of skin care in the ICU to avoid pressure injury

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Dr Fances Lin, RN, PhD help_outline
Senior Lecturer of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Australia
Lecture Summary

Pressure injuries are one of the most frequently occurring, painful, costly yet preventable adverse events in hospitals. Intensive care patients have major risk factors in developing pressure injuries including immobility, poor perfusion, and vasopressor medication infusions. Multi-faceted interventions, also known as programs or care bundles, are recommended to prevent pressure injuries. However, clinicians often face the challenge of not knowing how to implement these programs or care bundles. In this lecture, we discuss current research evidence on the interventions and implementation strategies on pressure injury prevention in intensive care patients.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the definition of stages of pressure injury
  • Describe causes and risk factors for pressure injury in intensive care patients
  • Describe the recommended practices in pressure injury prevention
  • Understand the current research evidence on interventions and implementation strategies to prevent pressure injury in intensive care patients