A live CEU webcast Partnership for Patient Education Series, "Zeroing in on Pressure Ulcers : A System-Wide Approach Elminating Harm".
Program Overview: Pressure ulcers (PU) are harmful and costly. Estimates suggest that pressure ulcer treatment costs could be as high as $11 billion annually in the US. Elminating pressure ulcers not only protects patients from a debilitating hospital-acquired condition, it reduces the cost of patient care and the need for additional resources associated with longer inpatient stays. It's critical for hospitals to address this issue with evidence-based strategies and practices now, because the problem will only get worse--rates are predicted to rise due to the ever-increasing number of obese, diabetic, and elderly patients.
Join us Thursday, May 23, from 11:30-12:30 to discuss the latest strategies and practices to prevent pressure ulcers with clinicians from the Veterans Health Administration. Pressure ulcer prevention across the continuum of care has been a priority for the VA for many years. Since most pressure ulcers are avoidable, VA nurses and administration are committed to eliminating hospital-acquired PUs. They are "getting to zero" by making PU prevention a top priority for all clinical staff in the VA.
1. Discuss evidence-based strategies and practices proven to reduce pressure ulcers
2. Describe the "hidden" hospital issues which contribute to pressure ulcers