Core elements of acute care nursing process for pressure injury prevention

The products we develop here at Jewell Nursing Solutions are all about helping nurses achieve effective pressure reduction. Between the ever increasing responsibilities placed on nurses and the sky rocking costs to deliver healthcare, nurse efficiency has never been more critical to improving outcomes and reducing costs. This is especially true for persons at risk for, or who already have pressure injuries.

A Successful pressure injury prevention program is not possible without out high quality compliance with turning protocols. Effective turning compliance is directly proportional to the nurses ability to achieve effective and sustained pressure reduction with consideration of 3 key elements.

1. Knowledge (of effective and safe repositioning) Specific guidelines on how to safely position for sustained pressure reduction.

2. Quality. Using support equipment that is designed specifically for this purpose.

3. Organization of processes. Facilitating nurse “clustering”. Proactive implementation of all interventions. Equipment readily available in patient room. Staff organized in proactive and in the patient room.

Facilities who focus efforts to help facilitate the nurses ability and knowledge to implement organized, on-time and effective turning and repositioning, will reap the benefits of improved outcomes, direct cost savings, and greater patient satisfaction.

The 30 degree lateral turn is perhaps the most important nursing intervention in the battle against pressure injury. Yet turning could also be one of the most poorly defined principals in any facility prevention protocol.

To better achieve sustained pressure relief over time, we need to understand the ergonomics of ideal 30 degree lateral turn and how support equipment like the Backbone Turning Wedge  is helping to achieve that goal.