ulceration is a significant global healthcare problem and represents a

Ulceration is a significant global healthcare problem

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ulceration is a significant global healthcare problem and represents a considerable burden on healthcare resources. Within the literature an increasing number of studies have examined the role prophylactic dressings play in redistributing pressure and helping to protect the skin from the effects of friction and shear (Brown J, 2016) Turning and repositioning patients is one way to help prevent pressure injuries but applying prophylactic dressings like previously stated helps protect the skin and the skin checks ensures that the nurses are laying eyes on their patients and checking their skin. It is a part of every nurse assessment which is required every shift. Pressure ulcers result in pain and poor quality of life for patients as well as being regarded as an indicator
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CAPSTONE PROJECT PRESSURE INJURIES 4 of poor practice for nurses and healthcare organizations. (Ellis M., 2016) Preventing pressure injuries is preferred over having to treat them. Not only do they cause a lot of pain to the patients, it requires their stay to be longer on the unit causing their bill to increase, as well as putting them at a higher risk for infection and more comorbid diseases. With the use of the sacral foams to protect the patient’s skin from shear and friction damage and with the nurses doing a skin check at every shift change the chances of nurses catching a reddened area prior to it becoming a pressure injury are higher rather than if the nurses are just turning and repositioning their patients. The data will be assessed weekly for ten weeks to determine the effectiveness of the implementation of the sacral foams and frequent skin checks. This author proposes that three weeks will be adequate time to educate and assist nursing staff in making the changes in clinical practice to start using the sacral foams on all patients within the rehabilitation unit upon admission and doing skin checks during shift change; as it is part of their daily assessment that is required. Proposed implementation plan with outcome measures This author proposes the implementation of having a skin check slip sheet that is to be completed at every shift change to ensure that the skin check is being done on the rehabilitation unit to decrease the amount of pressure injuries. This data will be assessed weekly for ten weeks to determine the effectiveness of the implementation of the skin check sheet. This author proposes that three weeks will be adequate time to educate and assist nursing staff in making the changes in their shift report to adding the skin sheet. Evaluation of the Literature
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CAPSTONE PROJECT PRESSURE INJURIES 5 An electronic search was done using the CINAHL database. The search included articles that were published between 2015 to 2018. The keywords used to find these articles to obtain the information were reducing pressures injuries, preventing pressure injuries, prophylactic dressings for pressure injuries. The search resulted in numerous relevant articles and EBP research that were relevant to preventing pressure injuries. After looking over and reviewing which articles
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  • Nursing, Health care provider, Intensive care medicine

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