• Learn to identify pressure ulcers and to differentiate from other skin impairments
• Understand how to gather objective data and use it to improve the outcome
• Develop a treatment plan for the multidisciplinary team to treat the whole patient
• Master clinical management strategies for pressure ulcers common to the post acute setting
Pressure ulcer causation, assessment and description
A precursor to prevention is an understanding of causation and physiology. This session will explore current knowledge and misunderstandings about the pathophysiologic processes and factors that contribute to pressure induced tissue damage.
Focusing on the whole, not the hole
The hardest questions in medicine – and the ones that matter the most - often don’t have a right answer. As the largest organ of the body the skin is likely to fail when other organs are failing. Difficult decisions about debridement, wound care, pain control, antibiotics and repositioning require a team approach. Using a case-based approach, this session will explore the definition of skin failure, how to approach difficult conversations about wounds, removing guilt and blame, and how to decide whether the care plan is just enough or too much.
Choosing the right support surface: when, how and getting paid for it!
Persons with and at risk for pressure ulcers require assistance in protecting their at-risk areas. The most common skin areas to break down due pressure ulcers are the sacrum, heels, ischial tuberosities, occiput and elbow among others. Support surfaces provide a means to decrease the compressive forces these areas experience during daily activities including lying in bed, sitting up in a wheelchair or on the toilet and even walking. There are a broad range of support surfaces to choose from and each surface has benefits and challenges. Choosing the optimal support surface from requires understanding and incorporating a broad range of physiologic and functional needs into the patient assessment. This session will provide the attendees the tools and resources needed to set up a "seating clinic" at your facility.
Case coordination and management
This interactive half-day session explores case management aspects of the patient with a pressure ulcer. Join us as case management experts share strategies for being a successful advocate for your patient and the healthcare professional while navigating challenging insurance, provider and other obstacles to ensure optimal outcomes.