Successful pressure injury (PI) prevention programs include a quality improvement strategy to address barriers to care. Key components include administrative support, bundling care practices, addressing culture, seamless documentation, ongoing education and competency verification. Best practices integrate the AORN positioning guidelines into clinical practice routines to create standard work with the goal of reducing patient harm.
A timely, accurate, comprehensive, skin assessment is a critical competency for the perioperative staff to establish the baseline for pressure injury development. Nurses must possess the skills for conducting a visual skin assessment (VSA) and knowledge of vulnerable pressure points and anatomy to provide accurate communication and documentation in handoffs. Accurate documentation is contingent on proper use of the current staging definitions, and recognition of pressure injury (PI) versus other types of wounds.
Presentation will include the background, partnerships formed, planning exercises, education surrounding the use of the Safe Skin Assessment and Scott Trigger Risk Assessment tools, and our outcomes.