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Do you know what measures should be taken to help prevent a decubitus (pressure) ulcer?

1 of 30 Nursing Aide Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on November 29th, 2018 |
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A decubitus ulcer is a sore that occurs on the skin that is the result of pressure of bony prominences upon the skin, such as heels of the feet, shoulder blades, and elbows. Nursing assistants are taught the importance of preventive measures when it comes to skin care. The interviewer wants to know that you have a clear understanding.

Professional Answer Examples
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"Decubitus ulcers can be prevented in most cases. One of the easiest ways to help prevent their development is by turning and repositioning patients at least every two hours."

Entry Level
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"One of the first things I learned when I was taking nursing aide classes was the importance of protecting skin integrity. Making sure a patient's skin is clean and dry and that he/she is changed after any episode of incontinence is very important."

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"There are several ways to help prevent the development of decubitus ulcers. Proper hydration, turning and repositioning every two hours, keeping bed linens clean, dry, and wrinkle-free are some ways. Also, for incontinent patients, making sure that they are clean and dry as soon as an incontinence episode occurs will help protect the skin."

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Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 10/30/2014
Last modified on: 11/29/2018

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