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  1. Magnan, Morris A. PhD, RN
  2. Maklebust, JoAnn MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN, FAAN


PURPOSE: To provide the wound care practitioner with an understanding of how use of the nursing process enhances pressure ulcer prevention.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:


1. Describe the use of the nursing process for planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of a pressure ulcer prevention program.


2. Explain how to use the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk to develop "at risk" nursing diagnoses and to guide intervention.