The stated purpose of this interactive tutorial is to provide a "comprehensive overview of pressure ulcer identification, staging and NDNQI(R) prevalence study procedures for accuracy in data collection. The module is available for nuring continuing education credit. This learning module would be also be useful for nursing & medical students, practicing nurses & physicians studying skin disoreders and care for clients with pressure ulcers. The learning module...
The stated purpose of this interactive tutorial is to provide a "comprehensive overview of pressure ulcer identification, staging and NDNQI(R) prevalence study procedures for accuracy in data collection. The module is available for nuring continuing education credit. This learning module would be also be useful for nursing & medical students, practicing nurses & physicians studying skin disoreders and care for clients with pressure ulcers. The learning module includes interactive quizzes at the end of each section to allow the learner to self-assess learning.
The stated learning objectives are:
Accurately stage pressure ulcers from photographs and wound description
Differentiate a pressure ulcer from other types of wounds
Describe pressure ulcer data collection procedures
Distingush among a community-acquired, hospital-acquired and unit-acquired pressure ulcer
I looked at the first section on pressure ulcers staging and it is very informative. A variety of scenarios are shown for the different stages of ulcers. The material is well-referenced and easy to navigate. The practice exercised are very good. If an incorrect answer was chosen, no further feedback was given which is understandable if this training is used to provide CEU's and the person must pass the test, but if strictly used for personal learning, then it would be nice if there was an explanation why an answer was incorrect.
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5 years ago
As a first semester nursing student, I find this module very informative and easy to follow. Pictures showing different stages of pressure ulcers are definitely helpful since I have not have a lot of chance to see the real ones in clinical experience.
6 years ago
I found the module, with its slideshow-like presentation, to be extremely user-friendly. It was filled with thorough definitions and clear descriptions (textual and visual) of the differences between the each stage (I, II, III, and IV). There was the usual diagram of typical locations where one might find pressure ulcers, but also a mention of unusual sites.
There was also a lot of information that was new to me. For instance, I was curious what unstageable ulcers were. The module explains that the wound can simply be covered by too much slough to clearly determine the depth of the ulcer, but that the slough should not be manually removed for the purpose of staging. Also, I was unaware of the close relationship between DTIs and pressure ulcers. The module thoroughly delineates the differences between Deep Tissue Injury (DTI) and Stage I pressure ulcers, which have similar etiologies but differing symptoms. I learned that healing pressure ulcers cannot be re-staged. Once it is a Stage IV, it is always a Stage IV, even if it is barely visible. The module makes a good point that ulcers in some areas (bridge of nose, ear, occiput, and malleolus) may be shallow, but can still be Stage III or IV.
At the end of the module, there is a 12-question test in which the user must, through photographs and descriptions, identify the stage of the ulcer, or whether it is unstageable or a DTI. The user has the option of printing the results to provided verification of completion to ones employer.
All in all, I found the module to be a very good review of a working knowledge of pressure ulcers. There was no information on how to properly care for a patient with pressure ulcers (wound care, dressing changes, positioning, etc.). It simply provided an introduction to identifying and staging ulcers. As such, I think this module would be a useful training tool for all Nurses and Assistive Personnel, as a means of preventing the development of pressure ulcers or the worsening of existing ones. Id also recommend this module to nursing students reviewing for comprehensive exams.
7 years ago
I thought this module was an excellent resource and a very well designed for distinguishing pressure ulcer stages and other types of ulcers/wounds. The pictures were very vivid and gave a great visual description to accompany definitions. Prior to this module I would have categorized some of the wounds displayed as pressure ulcers. These modules really help distinguish the difference in appearance and characteristics between pressure, venous, arterial ulcers, skin tears, and perineal dermatitis. I also found it useful when the module went through and helped explain the differences between community, hospital, and unit acquired pressure ulcers. I thought it was also very beneficial for this module to evaluate what goes on in a Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Study Protocol, as I have not yet been exposed to this information. For each type of module there was a test to evaluate your knowledge and I think that is a positive way to receive feedback on what you actually learned from these slides.