Pressure Injury Survey Guide

Types of Pressure Injury Prevention Interventions

Daily Skin Assessment

A purpose of ongoing skin assessments is to detect pressure injuries.

The skin of patients at risk for pressure injuries should be inspected from head-to-toe at least daily.

  • Ideally, the skin will be inspected for pressure injuries more often than daily such as every shift
  • These assessments should be integrated into usual care routines and practices for consistency in performance

The head-to-toe skin inspection should be documented with clear identification of pressure injury presence or absence on assessment.
Note: The development of a pressure injury places the patient at higher risk for additional pressure injuries.

  1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, & Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. (2014). Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline (E. Haesler Ed.). Osborne Park, Western Australia: Cambridge Media.