Pressure injury prevention and care for personal care workers

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This module focuses on how personal care workers (PCWs) and assistants in nursing (AINs) working in residential aged care facilities can contribute to the prevention and care of pressure injuries for residents.

The information provided is based on recommendations from the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Methodology for the Clinical Practice Guideline 2019 (the Guideline).

This module is consistent with the Aged Care Quality Standards: Standard 3: Personal Care and Clinical Care.

It is consistent with the National Safety and Quality in Health Care Standards:

Standard 1: Clinical Governance Standard

  • Action 1.19, Action 1.20: Safety and quality training
  • Action 1.27: Evidence-based care

Standard 5: Comprehensive Care

  • Actions 5.07, 5.09: Planning for comprehensive care
  • Action 5.10: Screening of risk
  • Action 5.11: Clinical assessment
  • Action 5.14: Using the comprehensive care plan
  • Action 5.21: Preventing and managing pressure injuries
  • Action 5.27 and Action 5.28: Nutrition and hydration

Standard 6: Communicating for Safety Standard

  • Action 6.11: Documentation of information

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Briefly explain how pressure injuries are caused.
  • Identify the risk factors for pressure injuries in aged care residents.
  • Explain how to assess pressure injury risk.
  • Know why regular skin assessments for residents at risk for pressure injury are essential.
  • Apply in practice effective measures for preventing skin care damage, nutrition and hydration management and repositioning.
  • Appropriately use support surfaces and explain why these interventions for pressure injury prevention and care are important.

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