Essay about Nvq3 Unit 4222

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Unit4222-229: Undertake agreed pressure area care

Outcome 1: Understand the anatomy and physiology of the skin in relation to pressure area care

1. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores or pressure sores are injuries of the skin and underlying tissue. They appear when the affected area of skin is under too much pressure. Due to the pressure the blood flow is disrupted, the area does not irrigate, therefore nutrients and oxygen do not reach the skin cells. The skin then breaks and pressure ulcers form 2. The parts of the body most at risk of developing pressure ulcers are in direct contact with a supporting surface, such as a bed or a wheelchair. These might be: • shoulders or shoulder blades • elbows
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This type of team is known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) made up by a nurse,dietitian,physical therapist,an occupational therapist,and in our case healtcare assistants.By working in a team all concerned areas can be tackled.For example after the risk assessment is completed a nurse can regularly come in the house to dress the areas,healthcare assistants turn regularly the resident,monitor fluid and diet intake,raise concerns,etc.Teamworking plays a vital role in making sure a resident is well looked after and pressure areas are managed accordingly.

OUTCOME 3: Be able to follow the agreed care plan

1.It is important to follow the agreed care plan because it has been drawn to provide the best care required.Under the duty of care a healthcare assistant must follow the policies and procedures in place and follow instruction drawn in the care plan.Not following these the law is broken and residents are neglected,trust being breached.

4. I would inform my senior, head of care of manager of any concerns related to the agreed care plan and always record information in care plan.
5. The Waterlow Scale
6. The purpose of pressure ulcer risk assessment and grading tools are to help assess a patient’s potential risk of pressure ulcer development and to determine the extent of pressure damage.

OUTCOME 4: Understand the use of materials, equipment and resources available when undertaking pressure area care

1. Pressure

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