Pressure Sore Education Program

Three of Mr. LM’s tetraplegic roommates developed pressure sores during their inpatient stay. Mr. LM recognizes the importance of hydration, frequent turning, pressure redistribution, and avoidance of shear. He wonders if an education program for pressure sore prevention would benefit patients with spinal cord injury. He learned these skills from the weekly education sessions on prevention of pressure sores in patients with spinal cord injuries.
What evidence is there for pressure sore education programs in individuals with SCI?
1. Videophone technology used for in-home pressure sore assessment and care provider educational interactions may improve pressure sores prevention and management.
2. Computer-assisted instruction may be superior to traditional patient education methods for enhancing preventative behaviours for pressure sores.
3. General educational programs may increase knowledge about the specific topics they address within both the rehabilitation and community setting.

For more information please see: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Education andTele-rehabilitation and Pressure Ulcer Management