PS 204: Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Please note: This course was renumbered on August 15. Its previous title was PS 202: Preventing Pressure Ulcers.

Pressure ulcers, or bed sores, continue to be a significant problem in health care today. They cause unnecessary harm to patients, increase length of stay, and cost organizations millions of dollars every year.

Most of them are also preventable.

In the four lessons of this course, we’ll quickly explain the basics of pressure ulcers, and then spend the bulk of our time talking about how to prevent them and treat them. We’ll highlight exemplary organizations, share the latest research, and provide video tips that you can put to use in your local setting. Let’s get started …

Source: The content of this course is based on the IHI How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers.

Note: This course is not required for the Basic Certificate of Completion
Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour 30 minutes
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 6/6/2013
Last Update Date: 6/6/2013
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of preventing pressure ulcers.
2. Define the key elements in pressure ulcer assessment.
3. Define the key elements in pressure ulcer prevention.
4. Apply a range of tools and methods for responding to at-risk patients.
5. Outline how to implement a reliable pressure ulcer prevention program.
Contributors
Author(s):
Kathy Duncan, RN, Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Kathleen Vega, BA, Freelance Writer, Kathleen B. Vega, Inc View Profile
Editor(s):
Michael Briddon, MA, Editorial Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Continuing Education
ABIM US Physician CME/MOC 1.50 Credit hours UPN# 200754599
Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality 1.50 Credit hours
General Attendance 1.50 Credit hours
International General 1.50 Credit hours
Nursing Contact Hours 1.50 Credit hours
Pharmacist CPE 1.50 Credit hours UPN# 0822-0000-16-066-H05-P
US Physician CME 1.50 Credit hours

In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for CPHQ CE credit.
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this course.
You must complete all the lessons within this course and achieve a minimum score of 75% in order to receive credit for the course.