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Skin Integrity

Using EMRs to Monitor and Manage Pressure Ulcers

Nursing homes with electronic medical records may want to review AHRQ's On-Time Pressure Ulcer Healing information.

Includes a set of structured, standardized data elements for comprehensive documentation of weekly pressure ulcer characteristics as well as treatments and interventions.

General Resources

Idaho Pressure Ulcer Prevention Coalition (PUPC)
Visit the PUPC website for materials, tools and resources. You may also be interested in hearing nationally recognized speakers at the annual PUPC consensus meeting held the first Friday of every November.

Resource Compendiums
Review a host of tools provided by the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign, AMDA, and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).

The Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk
Used worldwide, this tool was developed in 1987. It is available at no charge to professionals who agree not to resell it, profit from their use. (Providers must complete a permission form to access the tool.)


Training Programs

Review the Borun Center's training on pressure ulcer prevention (available in an online version or printable PDF).

Pieper Pressure Ulcer Knowledge Test
The 47-item test was developed by Pieper and Mott in 1995 to examine the knowledge of nurses on pressure ulcer prevention, staging, and wound description.  (Note that this webpage also includes several other assessments related to pressure ulcer prevention.)

Literature Review: The Kennedy Terminal Ulcer (KTU)
Ostomy Wound Management
Read about this unavoidable skin breakdown or skin failure that occurs as part of the dying process—and help staff, patients, and families understand what is occurring in order to facilitate the provision of optimal and appropriate end-of-life care.