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WOCNext 2019

Pressure Injury Risk Assessment Tools: Past, Present and Future Implications for Clinical Practice (W)

Jun 25, 2019 4:20pm ‐ Jun 25, 2019 5:20pm

Credits: None available.

Standard: $5.00


This session will have two speakers presenting differing viewpoints on pressure injury risk assessment. First, Dr. Moore will discuss an international view point of pressure ulcer risk assessment. Second, Dr. Cox will discuss pressure injury risk assessment through the view point of practicing in the United States.

Part 1
Use of a risk assessment tool is recommended by many international pressure ulcer prevention guidelines, however it is not known whether using a risk assessment tool makes a difference to patient outcomes. We conducted a Cochrane systematic review to assess whether using structured, systematic pressure ulcer risk assessment tools, in any health care setting, reduces the incidence of pressure ulcers. This session will provide the results of the review.

Part 2
This session will explore the historical basis for formalized pressure injury risk assessment, our current practices and the future of risk assessment scales across various health care settings. The evidence behind the prevention practices that are based on risk assessment will also be discussed.

Learner Outcome:

  • The learner will have a greater understanding of the benefits and challenges surrounding formalized pressure injury risk assessment.
  • Improve their understanding of the evolution of pressure injury risk assessment scales
  • Identify the clinical practice implications surrounding formalized pressure injury risk assessment


  • Dr. Zena Moore, PhD, MSc (Leadership in Health Professionals Education), MSc (Wound Healing & Tissue Repair), FFNMRCSI, PG Dip, Dip First Line Management, RGN, Professor of Nursing, Head of the School of Nursing & Midwfery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr. Jill Cox, PhD, RN, APN-C, CWOCN, Clinical Associate Professor/Wound Ostomy Continence Advanced Practice Nurse, Rutgers University/Englewood Hospital


Credits: None available.

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