Quality of care: Prevention of pressure ulcers – Nursing students facilitating evidence-based practice

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Göran Holst, Ania Willman, Cecilia Fagerström, Christel Borg, Ylva Hellström, Gunilla Borglin
Title: Quality of care: Prevention of pressure ulcers – Nursing students facilitating evidence-based practice
Journal: Vård I Norden
Year: 2010
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Pagination: 40-42
ISSN: 0107-4083
Publisher: Sykepleiernes Samarbeid i Norden (SSN)
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/hal/
Language: English
Abstract: This development project was aimed at engaging nursing students in a project targeting the prevention and reduction of pressure ulcers on an education based hospital ward. An intervention was implemented based on systematic assessment, skin observation, together with training and educational sessions, i.e. on how to make risk assessments and how to prevent and treat a pressure ulcer, were carried out. The project demonstrated the importance of offering nursing students an environment for clinical practice which supports them in participating and developing patient care starting from Evidence-Based Practice. During the project no patients developed pressure ulcers while on the ward. The opportunity
to act as facilitators of evidence-based methods was found to enhance student ability to draw conclusions and make connections between quality of care and end result.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: Nursing education, Evidence-Based Practice, Pressure Ulcer, Quality Improvement
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