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Pressure injury prevention and management

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This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

In this short course, participants will learn about pressure injuries and the serious impact they have on the patient and our health system. Pressure injury staging will also be explained based on the new National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) guidelines, prevention and management and systems in place discussed. The importance of fundamental core nursing care will be highlighted and patient case studies will be presented. This short course is applicable to all nurses.

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • define pressure injury
  • identify and describe the stages of pressure injury development
  • list and explain the purpose of a risk assessment
  • develop strategies to prevent and manage a pressure injury
  • explain the role documentation plays in pressure injury prevention and management
  • identify the difference between skin injury, ulcers and a pressure injury

Program outline




Pressure Injury Development, Staging and Risk Factors

  • definition
  • how pressure injuries develop
  • stages of pressure injury
  • risk factors that predispose to the development of a pressure injury
  • risk assessment vs clinical judgement
  • difference between IAD, shear and friction and how they relate to pressure injuries


Pressure prevention, intervention, documentation, case presentations

  • clinical judgement vs tasks and tools
  • commonly used pressure off-loading devices and equipment
  • pressure injury prevention and management plan
  • emerging therapies - dressings, IAD prevention




Wound management for pressure injuries


Governance, Clinical Excellence Commission

  • case studies
  • National Standards
  • Pressure Injury Project CEC


Open discussion

  • local systems, implementing initiatives