Nurses should practice pressure ulcer prevention – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today! – (866) 348-2889
Pressure ulcer or injury prevention remains one of the most common and significant tasks in healthcare for decreasing harm.
Ethically, we want to do no harm. We not only don’t want to cause harm, but we also want to avoid harm by preventing conditions like pressure ulcers in the first place. Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” resonates in the healthcare community where we see the outcomes of preventable and unpreventable injuries.
We would much rather prevent injury than watch a patient live through preventable pain, wounds or diagnoses. A paradigm shift is in progress toward education efforts in communities to help people maintain or achieve healthy lifestyles so preventable conditions are avoided.
However, in acute, subacute and chronic environments, we care for patients/clients who have one or many healthcare conditions that put them at risk for injury – skin injury in particular.