Pressure ulcers are a frequently occurring problem in post-acute healthcare settings throughout the world. In the United States, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion annually for 2.5 million patients, a cost which is highly preventable through proactive interventions. The need for an aggressive interdisciplinary approach in the post acute setting exceeds the aforementioned cost.
This seminar-on-demand is 6 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Discussion of cost $11 Billion Annually and prevalence in the healthcare industry
- Sustained Pressure discussion
- Friction definition
- Shear definition
- Discussion of differentiating factors that separate acute vs chronic
- Discussion of Inflammatory, Epithelialization, Proliferative and Remodeling/Maturation phases of wound healing , dressing types
- Discussion of wound classification including trauma, arterial/venous insufficiency, diabetic neuropathy and pressure ulcers
- Review of positive effects of E-stim/Ultra Sound combination on wound healing
- Discussion of what constitutes positioning in a healthcare setting as it contributes to pressure prevention
- Review/discussion of Braden Scale administration, impact of nutrition and comorbidities
- Discussion of the relationship between a patient’s body and any support surface
- Discussion of the 90 degree angles at hips, knees and ankles
- Discussion of adequate head positioning
- Discussion and review of necessary evaluation of dynamic seating assessment, fall-prevention, postural alignment and trunk control, upper body and lower body strength.
- Standardized Assessments:
- Functional Reach,
- Examples of Restraints
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is designed to educate physical and occupational therapists to utilize their skills as a proactive intervention to this rapidly growing epidemic. Through lecture, discussion, and power point presentation, participants will gain insight to a multi-disciplinary approach to adjunctive therapies for prevention and management of pressure ulcers applicable to all post-acute healthcare settings
- Understand the rationale for an IDT approach to pressure prevention through identification of prevalence & causes of pressure ulcers and in which settings they are found.
- Identify 3 sources of wounds that Occupational and/or Physical Therapists can provide education toward direct-care staff elimination.
- Differentiate acute/normal wound healing vs chronic healing.
- Name the 4 phases of wound healing & the types of dressings to promote healing.
- List the 5 primary types of wounds & the Stages of wounds.
- Identify which modalities that may be used by therapists as an intervention and who may perform sharps debridement.
- Define positioning from a therapy intervention perspective.
- Identify 3 factors that indicate patient risk for pressure ulcer/skin breakdown.
- Identify basic hallmarks of positioning & why it is important in the prevention of pressure.
- What is the rule-of-thumb in wheelchair positioning and postural management?
- Identify key areas to be assessed by Occupational & Physical Therapists in the reduction of restraints, including side-rail and Geri-chair elimination.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 6
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Nurses
Instructional Level: Beginner
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this webinar are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
Financial – Carmen Viton, April Fisher, Marlon Hill and Shannon Lichtenberger are employed by Rehab Synergies and receives a salary. They all four receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.