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What happens when the skin fails?

Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) in the Acute Care Patient MODS is the physiologic abnormality involving two or more organ systems simultaneously. Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome is the physiologic abnormality involving two or more organ systems simultaneously. It’s a process, rather than a single event, and is categorized as a dysfunction because of its potential…
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At the Heart of the Problem

Cardiac Patients at High Risk for Pressure Injury Development Pressure injuries can occur following surgery. One study estimated the incidence rate to be around 15%. But in the post-cardiac population, that percentage doubled to nearly 30% According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, approximately 24,000 cardiac surgeries were performed monthly in 2019. That’s nearly 300,000…
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Covid Schmovid – OR is Open for Business

Preventing Pressure Injuries in the Perioperative Setting There was an alarming 48% decrease in surgeries when the country first shut down in March of 2020, that phase only lasted seven weeks. Seven weeks. A lot has been written, reported, tweeted, and posted about COVID-19, and one common thread has been the drastic decrease and near…
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Softening the Blow

Making a hard situation a little easier amidst long medical treatments Four hours, three times a week is the average time frame for hemodialysis treatments, and given what is known about the length of time in which a pressure injury could develop, this could pose a serious problem. Four hours, three times a week! According to…
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A Patient’s Voice

Why Patient Recognition is Really the Key to Patient Satisfaction Empowering patients to become more active in their own care plans has dramatically changed the trajectory of the patient-caregiver relationship. 27 Years. It’s been 27 years since National Patient Recognition Week was founded by a healthcare worker who recognized the patient as the single most…
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Never Say Never

Never Events vs. Unavoidable Pressure Injuries Never events are not new concepts, but it never hurts to brush up on what they mean for wound care. Never events are not new concepts, but it never hurts to brush up on what they mean for wound care. In 2006, the National Quality Forum (NQF) identified 29…
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Eat, Drink and Be Wary

How Malnutrition and Cachexia Contribute to Pressure Injuries Clinicians need to understand and account for the body’s inflammatory response and its connection to inadequate nutrition. Frail and elderly patients with compromised nutritional intake are at a considerably higher risk for skin breakdown. Nutrition. It’s a risk factor on the Braden Scale, but is it really…
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Medical Device Scavenger Hunt

Time/Motion Studies Pinpoint How Nurses Spend Their Days Nurses did spend the majority of the day communicating with patients. Incorporated in this timeframe, however, were 10+ tasks including medication disbursement, assessments, and charting. By nature, most nurses are multitaskers. They have to be. But what does a day in the life of a nurse actually…
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