Quote from chrisg0705
I am a new med/surg nurse (3 months) and need help with which dressings to use on different stages of decubs. I realize different hospitals use different products, but if I could get a general idea of what to use when it would be great. Our hospital doesn't have a "wound class" for new grads unfortunately. Is there a website I can go to that will show me pictures of the stages and what products to use for each?
Thanks so much!
For more information on staging pressure ulcers, go to the NPUAP website: http://www.npuap.org/
You can also refer to information on the RNAO best practice on prevention of pressure ulcers. http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=924&ContentID=816
. It is important to note that there is no recipe to wound care and that each wound must be treated individually. It is imperative to identify and manage the etiology first and foremost. Treatment options for each stage are well discussed in the RNAO's best practice's for pressure ulcers: http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=924&ContentID=721
. Patients with stage III, stage IV, unstageable, deep tissue injury and infected pressure ulcers should be referred to a WOC/ET nurse. It also requires a multi-disciplinary approach.
It is also important not to just focus on the dressing, but to focus on treating the whole person. Stage I usually just require you to get the patient off the ulcer. Stage II depend on location, +/- infection, and amount of exudate. I hope the info helps.