The development of stage III or IV pressure ulcers is currently considered a never event. Critical care patients are at high risk for development of pressure ulcers because of the increased use of devices, hemodynamic instability, and the use of vasoactive medications. This article addresses risk factors, risk scales such as the Norden, Braden, Waterlow, and Jackson-Cubbin scales used to determine the risk of pressure ulcers in critical care patients, and prevention of device-related pressure ulcers in patients in the critical care unit.
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Evidence-Based Prevention of Pressure Ulcers in the Intensive Care Unit
Karen L. Cooper, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, WOCN
Karen L. Cooper is a clinical nurse specialist at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, California.
Corresponding author: Karen L. Cooper, rn, msn, ccrn, cns, wocn, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St, Auburn, CA 95602 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2013) 33 (6): 57-66.
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Karen L. Cooper; Evidence-Based Prevention of Pressure Ulcers in the Intensive Care Unit. Crit Care Nurse 1 December 2013; 33 (6): 57–66. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2013985
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