Pressure Ulcer Prevention; What Caring People Need to Know! Videocassette, Charlottesville, VA: Family Health Media, 1992, VHS, $89.95.
The video begins with a general description of pressure ulcer problems by defining pressure ulcers and identifying the highest-risk patients. An excellent, detailed description of pressure ulcer development follows. This description is done using excellent graphics with understandable language, especially for the lay caregiver.
One of the main points presented is the importance of frequent turning of patients in order to prevent pressure ulcer development.
Other factors in pressure ulcer development and prevention are discussed. These factors include nutrition, fluids, incontinence, friction, and shear.
The video discusses nine prevention points to remember when caring for highrisk patients. Keeping the head of the bed below 30° to prevent sliding down in bed and checking pressure points daily for red areas are just two of the prevention points discussed.
The video contains good graphics, and me sound quality is excellent. The length of the video is ideal for training programs. For an additional cost of $9.95, a pressure ulcer fact sheet (duplication rights included) and teacher's guide can be obtained. The fact sheet is a page of graphics and information based on the video that caregivers can use at home or affix to a bulletin board at a health care facility. The teacher's guide is an aid to developing an inservice program with program objectives, suggestions for group discussion, content outline, vocabulary, and a 10-question post-test (with duplication rights).
This video is an excellent presentation on the subject of pressure ulcers for all caregivers.
The video would be a great introduction for beginning nursing students. However, the video would need to be supplemented with additional information for the nursing student to have a more in-depth understanding of pressure ulcers.