This article was published in Ostomy Wound Management 2009; 55:6, p 6.
Our healthcare system sought to enrich and improve strategies to assess, document, and prevent pressure ulcers and to identify key personnel to implement these strategies. An evaluation of our practices yielded the following recommendations:1. Assess policies and procedures relevant to documentation systems, risk assessment tools, prevention techniques, and skin assessment documentation along with ease of understanding, thoroughness, accuracy of terms, and incorporation of current evidence-based information.2. Ensure documentation systems require thorough data on skin condition on admission assessment, transfer screening, and discharge planning. Electronic records should automatically calculate risk assessment and flag specific intervention algorithms.