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World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day, November 17

Each year, pressure ulcers affect more than 2.5 million Americans and cost billions of dollars to treat. You can raise awareness of these dangerous conditions by participating in World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day on Nov. 17. Click on the following links for promotional tools to educate the health care community and the public about pressure-induced injuries and how to prevent them.

Pressure Ulcer Webinar

January 21, 2016:  The Braden and Beyond
Presenter:  Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CWS, CEEAA, Director of Public Policy and Education for American Medical Technologies in Irvine, California

This webinar will outline the components of a pressure ulcer prevention program, distinguish between the process of risk assessment and skin assessment and utilize the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk © documents to score the resident’s risk for pressure ulcers comprehensively and assign an accurate risk level.

Information about the program and a registration form are available here.  Registration closes January 19, 2016.

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

November 19, 2015:  History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present, & Future

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day will be November 19, 2015. The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic. NPUAP has developed a free, extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations.

In honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a free webinar, hosted by NPUAP Director Dr. Jeffrey Levine, titled “History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care: Past, Present and Future.” Please visit the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s webinar page here for more information.

24th Annual Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference

August 15 – 16, 2014:  Holiday Inn Select Executive Center – Columbia, Mo.

The Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference is the premiere Midwest conference dedicated to improving care for the frail elderly.  This inter-professional meeting advances care for older patients in clinical, hospital, nursing home, and end-of-life settings.  Since 1991, this annual event has provided state-of-the-art information on medical management, interdisciplinary care, and system change for physicians, nurses, social workers, state surveyors, nursing home administrators, attorneys, pharmacists, and other professionals.  To learn more, please visit

Using MDS 3.0 as an Engine for High Quality Individualized Care Webinar Series Five – Working Together for Better Outcomes

National Learning Collaborative Webinar Series on Using MDS 3.0 as an Engine for High Quality Individualized Care:  SERIES 5: Working Together for Better Outcomes – Relational Coordination for Quality Improvement 

In Webinar Series Five of our National Learning Collaborative, teams of practitioners share how they have achieved better outcomes through key systems for relational coordination – consistent assignment, huddles, CNAs involvement in care planning, and Quality Improvement huddles among staff closest to the residents.

March 12, 2013 – Part 11:  It Takes a Team to Prevent and Heal Pressure Ulcers
Presenters: Teams from Glenridge Living Community, Augusta, Maine, and Oakview Terrace, Freeman, SD.  Staff from two homes will explain how they prevent and heal pressure ulcers by working better together.

May 7, 2013 – Part 12:  It Takes a Team to Provide High Quality Individualized Care
Presenters: Barbara Frank, B& F Consulting; Amy Elliot, Pioneer Network; and teams from nursing homes participating in the National Learning Collaborative on Using MDS 3.0 as the Engine for High Quality Individualized Care.  Staff from several homes that have participated in the National Learning Collaborative will share how engaging staff in individualizing care has led to better quality of care and quality of life for their residents.

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention: PUP Tip #7

January, 2013: PUP Needs Water

It is not always obvious whether a resident is thirsty, but proper hydration is important when it comes to preventing and treating pressure ulcers.  Our body needs plenty of fluids for our blood to carry vital oxygen and other nutrients to the cells.

View all tips in this series:  The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.