It is unclear how many people in the United States have pressure ulcers (PrUs). The pathogenesis and assessment of PrUs is well documented. Creating and following a pathway provides guidance and work flow
The pathway (Figure 1) should provide information regarding an initial assessment.1 Follow-up visits will be predicated on the department’s clinical and operational workflow, policies and procedures, and the necessary medical/clinical direction based on the patients and their wound presentation. As discussed in previous columns, an effective tool for managing outcomes is the clinical pathway. This column, with select references, focuses on the “Pressure Ulcer Pathway—Week 1.” Subsequent columns will review the pathways for weeks 4 and 10.
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An excerpt from an article originally published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, written by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Net Health