presented by Jeri Lundgren
Accurate assessment of a pressure injury is important, as it is the foundation to determine and evaluate the course of treatment. This course will provide you with the information needed to complete a comprehensive assessment of a pressure injury. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) pressure injury definitions and staging system will be discussed, as well as wound measurement, wound base description, peri-wound, drainage, odor, tunneling, undermining, and pain assessment. You will also have an opportunity to practice staging, measuring, and describing a pressure injury.
Jeri Lundgren is a Registered Nurse who has been specializing in post-acute care since 1990. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Ms. Lundgren is board-certified as a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) by the WOCN Society and a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) by the American Board of Wound Management. Ms. Lundgren is a Certified Personal Trainer through Florida Gulf Coast University. She is also certified as a Functional Aging Specialist, a Certified Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Exercise Program Instructor and a certified Tai Chi instructor. Ms. Lundgren is the president and owner of Senior Providers Resource, LLC. Ms. Lundgren specializes in wound care, incontinence management, falls reduction, and restorative nursing.
It is important to determine the etiology of a wound to ensure proper treatment and support. In Chapter One, we will discuss the etiology of pressure injuries. We will also discuss the necessary components of pressure injury assessment to meet standards of practice.
In Chapter Two, we will discuss the NPUAP pressure injury staging system. We will discuss the types of tissues that may be present in a wound bed to help determine the appropriate stage.
To assess if the pressure injury is healing or having signs of deterioration or infection, a comprehensive assessment must be done. Thus, in addition to assessing the wound bed and stage, you must also assess the size and depth, wound edges, odor, drainage, tunneling, undermining, and pain.