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Clinician Resources: Pressure-Injuries, Ostomy, Lymphedema, Delirium

Here is a round-up of resources that you may find helpful in your practice.

New illustrations for pressure-injury staging

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has released new illustrations of pressure injury stages. You can download the illustrations, which include normal Caucasian and non-Caucasian skin illustrations for reference.

There is no charge for the illustrations as long as they are being used for educational purposes, but donations to support the work of NPUAP are appreciated. (more…)

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Clinician Resources

Wound patient’s bill of rights

The Association for Advancement of Wound Care has developed the “Wound Care Patient’s Bill of Rights.” The 10 points include the right to:

know what wound treatment options are available to you

know the benefits, risks, and side effects of your wound care treatments

participate in the development of your treatment plan with your wound care team

have your pain adequately controlled.

The bill of rights is available in both English and Spanish. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: OSHA, Education Program, Civil Workplace

This issue we focus on resources to help clinicians protect themselves from injuries and engage in a healthier lifestyle.

OSHA safety website

A hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency provides a wealth of information on how to protect hospital workers as part of its website Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for Our CaregiversPDF resources include:

A fact sheet that helps dispel myths, barriers, and concerns related to safe patient handling

Information on making the case for safe patient handling programs (more…)

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Clinician Resources: human trafficking, npuap, caregiver, ostomy, HIV

Check out the following resources, all designed to help you in your clinical practice.

Human trafficking resources

Victims of human trafficking often suffer tremendous physical and psychological damage. Clinicians play an important role in identifying potential victims so they can obtain help.

Here are some resources to learn more about human trafficking.

Addressing human trafficking in the health care setting” is an online course that includes a downloadable quick-reference guide that can be saved and easily accessed from a mobile device to assist providers with essential information in the healthcare setting. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: Ulcer Prevention, CAUTI, Negative Bacteria

Start the New Year off right by checking out these resources.

Pressure ulcer prevention education

Access the following education resources from Wounds International:

The webinar “Real-world solutions for pressure ulcer prevention: Optimising the role of support surfaces” includes:

• an overview of the issue of pressure ulcers

• what to consider when choosing a support surface

• how to operationalize support surfaces in the clinical setting. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: falls, npuap, patient safety, civility

End your year by checking out these resources for your practice.



Sentinel event alert for falls

As part of its sentinel event alert “Preventing falls and fall-related injuries in health care facilities,” The Joint Commission has assembled information and multiple resources, including:

  • analysis of contributing factors for falls
  • evidence-based suggestions for improvement
  • Joint Commission requirements relevant to falls
  • links to toolkits and protocols
  • an infographic on preventing falls.


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Clinician Resources: NPUAP, Pressure Ulcer Treatment, NIOSH

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NPUAP position statement on hand check for bottoming out

Use of the hand check to determine “bottoming out” of support systems should be limited to static air overlay mattresses, according to a position statement from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). (more…)

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Clinician Resources: Nutrition, Treatment Algorithms, Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Check out these resources for your practice.


Be a nutrition champion

One in three patients enters a hospital malnourished. Fight malnutrition by viewing six short videos from the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, including “Rapidly Implement Nutrition Interventions” and “Recognize and Diagnose All Patients at Risk of Malnutrition.” The videos show how to collaborate with the care team to become champions of nutrition and help improve patient outcomes. Watch the videos online or download them for later viewing. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: Nutrition, Workplace Violence, Pressure Injuries

Learn about resources useful to your practice.

Nutrition and pressure ulcers

Advances in Skin & Wound Care has published “The role of nutrition for pressure ulcer management: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance White Paper.” The white paper includes evidence-based nutrition strategies for preventing and managing pressure ulcers. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: March-April 2015

Below are resources you may find helpful to your practice.

AHRQ’s Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Prevention

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has established “AHRQ’s Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Prevention,” designed to improve long-term care by turning daily documentation into useful information that enhances clinical care planning.

On-Time uses electronic medical records to develop weekly reports that identify residents at risk for common adverse events in nursing homes to help clinical staff intervene early. Facilitators help the team integrate these reports into clinical decision making to improve care planning.

For each adverse event, the website provides a description of the reports and suggested meetings and huddles where the reports may be used, the functional specifications for programming the reports, description of implementation tools, and a 2-day training curriculum for facilitators.

Sleep times guidelines

The National Sleep Foundation has issued new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. Check below to see if your patients—and you—are getting enough sleep:

• newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours

• infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours

• toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours

• preschoolers (3-5 years): 10-13 hours

• school-age children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours

• teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours

• younger adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours

• adults (26-64 years): 7-9 hours

• older adults (65+ years): 7-8 hours.

Access “National Sleep Foundation’s sleep time duration recommendations: Methodology and results summary” in Sleep Health.

Venous ulcer resources

The website for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) has several resources related to venous ulcers:

• AAWC Venous Ulcer Guideline 3.12

• AAWC Venous Ulcer Guideline Evidence 6.13

• AAWC Venous Ulcer Guideline Algorithm Presentation 8.13

• AAWC Venous Ulcer Guideline Checklist 7.13.

The resources are available at no cost.

Wound care app

The Johnson & Johnson Wound Care Resource™ App helps patients identify, track, and provide recommendations on wound care treatment.

The free app includes treatment videos and coupons to help patients save on wound care treatment supplies. The app is available for download on iTunes.

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Clinician Resources: MRSA, Dosing Calculator, CDC Resources

Special edition: Resources from the Buzz Report

This issue, we highlight some resources from “The Buzz Report,” the popular presentation given by editor-in-chief Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS, at the Wild On Wounds (WOW) conference, held each September in Las Vegas. (more…)

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Clinician Resources: United Ostomy Association, NGC, NCCN, Experts

Here is a list of valuable ostomy resources, some suggested by our colleagues who follow Wound Care Advisor on Twitter.

United Ostomy Association of America

The United Ostomy Association of America provides comprehensive resources for patients, including information about the types of ostomies and issues related to nutrition, sexuality, and travel. Much of the information is also available in Spanish and can be downloaded for free from the website. (more…)

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