Ten top tips: end of life pressure Injuries

Pressure injuries occur due to unrelieved or intense pressure in intolerant tissues. Perhaps, no patient exemplifies this risk as well as the end-of-life patient. Patients at end of their life are often malnourished, immobile, less cognitively intact, and incontinent, when they may have not been before. While most end-of-life patients are under the care of hospice nurses, healthcare providers in any setting may interface with them. This article provides 10 tips to assist in reducing incidence of pressure injuries in this incredibly vulnerable population.

Authors

  • Patricia Hotaling

    Nurse Specialist/Instructor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Nurse Specialist/Instructor

  • Joyce Black

    Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA