Expert: Train entire patient care team on pressure ulcer prevention

08/17/2011 | InfectionControlToday.com

Patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities often develop pressure ulcers that are expensive to treat but preventable through a multidisciplinary approach, says Courtney H. Lyder, executive director of the Patient Safety Institute and professor of public health and medicine at UCLA. Studies have shown that training the entire patient care team to prevent, detect and treat pressure ulcers improves patient safety and reduces costs, Lyder says. "Training should include proven and effective strategies that may help prevent skin from breakdown and exposure to viral or bacterial infection, including the use of a protective dressing that can be applied to high-risk areas on the skin," she says.

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