The aim of this module is to provide you with a good basic knowledge of pressure ulcer management, including:
- The causes of pressure ulcers: how and why they occur, and which types of patients are most vulnerable to them
- Current best practice in preventing the development of pressure ulcers
- How to treat a pressure ulcer when it first appears.
- What is a ‘pressure ulcer?
- What causes pressure ulcers?
- Assessing pressure ulcers
- Repositioning techniques
- Managing a Category 1 ulcer
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
- State when and why pressure ulcers can occur
- Describe the category scheme for pressure ulcers and the implications of that scheme
- Describe the types of people most vulnerable to pressure ulcers
- List the possible consequences of failing to treat a pressure ulcer effectively at the earliest opportunity
- Describe various means of preventing the development of pressure ulcers
- Describe the most effective means of treating a pressure ulcer as soon as it is identified.
This module is intended for all those working in a clinical/hospital setting, and particularly for nurses/doctors who are in day-to-day contact with their services users.
It is not intended to deal with the wounds caused by pressure ulcers at categories II, III and IV.