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The aSSKINg model for pressure ulcer prevention

Author: Dr Richard Hatchett

Duration: 30 min Last updated: 2022 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

Healthcare practitioners should have the appropriate skills and knowledge in pressure ulcer prevention to ensure that patients receive high quality, evidence-based care.

This module aims to enhance your knowledge of the aSKINg model for the assessment, planning and implementation of pressure ulcer prevention care.


Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • What the aSKINg model is and its aim
  • The importance of risk assessment tools in identifying patients at risk of pressure damage
  • Pressure ulcer classification and the risk factors for developing pressure ulcers
  • How the aSKINg model aims to reduce pressure ulcer development and improve patient care and support

Syllabus

  • From SSKIN to aSSKINg
  • The aSSKINg model
  • Collaborative approach
  • How to use a 'safety cross'
  • Test your understanding 1
  • Risk assessment tools
  • The Waterlow scale
  • The Braden scale
  • Test your understanding 2
  • Normal intact skin
  • Pressure ulcer classification
  • Pressure ulcer development
  • Common sites for pressure ulcers
  • Device-related pressure ulcers
  • Test your understanding 3
  • Test your understanding 4
  • Interventions
  • Benefits of aSSKINg to patients
  • Test your understanding 5
  • Summary
  • Learning check up
  • Useful resources

Author

DR
Dr Richard Hatchett
Senior nurse editor, RCNi, registered nurse and lecturer

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19

Syllabus

  • From SSKIN to aSSKINg
  • The aSSKINg model
  • Collaborative approach
  • How to use a 'safety cross'
  • Test your understanding 1
  • Risk assessment tools
  • The Waterlow scale
  • The Braden scale
  • Test your understanding 2
  • Normal intact skin
  • Pressure ulcer classification
  • Pressure ulcer development
  • Common sites for pressure ulcers
  • Device-related pressure ulcers
  • Test your understanding 3
  • Test your understanding 4
  • Interventions
  • Benefits of aSSKINg to patients
  • Test your understanding 5
  • Summary
  • Learning check up
  • Useful resources

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