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At Walgreen Health Solutions, we are passionate about providing innovative, cost-effective solutions for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.

Our Clinicians are ready to provide the support, education and tools you need to lower pressure injury prevalence in your facility. By focusing on outcomes, we deliver patient-centered solutions.

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The next generation of pressure ulcer prevention is here. And no matter what clinical setting you’re in, Walgreen Health Solutions have the tools and the expertise to deliver it to patients and caregivers.

A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin as a result of sustained pressure applied to the skin over time (friction and shear play a role as well). The pressure results in reduced blood flow and eventually causes skin breakdown and the development of an open wound. If the conditions leading to the sore are not rapidly corrected, the localized skin damage may spread to deeper tissue layers, affecting muscle, tendon, and bone. If not adequately treated, open ulcers can become a source of pain, disability, and infection.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel recently suggested that the term “Pressure Ulcer” be replaced with the term “Pressure Injury.” A Pressure Injury is defined as “localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence, or related to a medial or other device. The Injury can present as intact skin or as an open ulcer.” The term “bedsore” was a previous iteration of the term and can be used interchangeably with pressure injury or pressure ulcer.

Prevention of pressure ulcers is key because treatment can be difficult. Prevention plans require the skin to be kept clean and moisturized, frequent careful changing of body position (with proper lifting, not rubbing across surfaces), use of special mattresses or supports, management of other contributing illnesses, and implementation of a healthy diet. Relieving or reducing the pressure on the area is essential.

 

Overall, the most effective strategy to prevent and treat heel pressure ulcers is pressure redistribution. A professional heel-offloading device that floats the heel is usually recommended for successful pressure redistribution. The device needs to provide patient comfort and ease of use as it floats the heel. Appropriate offloading, adequate ventilation and friction-free materials are all important features for any product that will be used to prevent or treat heel pressure sores.

Stages of a Pressure Ulcer

Pressure ulcers are one of the most common health conditions in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) estimates more than 2.5 million individuals in the US develop pressure ulcers annually.

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The mild stage, appearing as pink, red, or mottled, unbroken skin that stays that way for more than 20 minutes after the pressure is relieved.

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A blister or a superficial loss of skin appears as an abrasion or shallow crater. It may be painful and visibly swollen.

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STAGE 3
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A deep crater develops in the skin. Foul-smelling yellow or green fluid may ooze from it if there is infection present. The center is usually not painful because the nerve cells are dead.

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Tissue is now destroyed from the skin to the bone or close to the bone.

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When a thick layer of other tissue and puss that may be yellow, gray, green, brown, or black covers the base of the sore and the base of the sore cannot be seen to determine the stage.

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When there isn’t an open wound but the tissues beneath the surface have been damaged, the sore is called a deep tissue injury (DTI). The area of skin may look purple or dark red, or there may be a blood-filled blister.

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Clinician's Bulletin

We don't normally talk about the weather in this newsletter. But our corporate office is just outside Chicago, where this morning when we woke up it was -20F (-28C), and that got us to thinking about the cold and how it affects pressure injuries.

Helping patients to understand the dangers of pressure injuries can be enormously valuable in getting them to participate in their own care.

Helping patients to understand the dangers of pressure injuries can be enormously valuable in getting them to participate in their own care.

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