What is the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) definition of unavoidable pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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In 2016, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) issued guidelines for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers (injuries). [168] (See Guidelines.)

In 2017, the WOCN Society issued an updated position statement on the topic of avoidable and unavoidable pressure ulcers (injuries). [169]  This statement defined unavoidable pressure ulcers as those that develop even though the patient's clinical condition and pressure ulcer risk factors were properly evaluated and interventions consistent with patient needs, management goals, and standards of practice were implemented, monitored, and revised as appropriate.

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