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.
"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."
"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."
"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."