Systematic Prevention

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“Systematic prevention programs have been shown to decrease hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by 34% to 50%” (ICSI, 2003). It is critical to identify all the risk factoEarly detection of risk status is critical because timely interventions can be designed to address specific risk factors. When the patients first get admitted to the hospital, an admission risk assessment is usually performed. In the assessment, nurses consider patient’s age, medical history, medications and prior history of pressure ulcers. These factors play an important part in providing the nurses with initial information about the patient. In addition, there are many tools that have been using to assess the risk of pressure ulcers such as the Braden Scale, the Norton Scale,
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