Quote from renerian
Yes it can happen despite turning. There are a myriad of comitigating factors I am sure. One being nutrition, meds and all sorts of things.
Definitely. And the fact that now, insurance isn't going to pay for sores acquired in the hospital is going to silence reporting of them.
I found a stage one and a stage two on the same patient on Friday. Got the wound nurse down there, and even though we were trying to turn the Pt, how do you turn a pt onto both sides with an NG tube, a Foley, who's two-days post-op with TWO different organ transplants and in a sh*t-ton of pain? Can turn the pt on one side, but not the other, can get the pt out of bed, for a bit.
I'm just a student, but already I can see how much of a problem the pressure ulcers are. On one hand, there's no excuse. On the other hand, it's tough to keep running around, moving a pt to one side when they're crying in pain.
Thank goodness for our wound nurse, and for the nurses I'm learning from, who are pretty awesome and on top of it - kept that patient moving around as much as they could, even with a full load of very sick people. I have a lot of respect for my teachers.