VA recently released the VA Pressure Ulcer/Injury Resource app to help Veterans and their caregivers learn about preventing and caring for existing injuries as well as provide other tools to help manage their health.
This app is unique in the mobile health market and is the only VA-developed app for pressure ulcer prevention with tools for both Veterans and their caregivers.
Veterans and their caregivers can create journal entries to track pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) and set up regular reminders to move, eat and take medications. The app’s educational component helps users learn about preventing pressure ulcers, exercise, nutrition, coping with stress and managing pain. Other unique features of the app include videos to learn about skin care, re-positioning and how to safely transfer from bed-to-wheelchair and wheelchair-to-bed.
“We wanted to make it innovative and pull in the caregiver – which is huge for providing continuous care to the Veteran in the home setting,” said Shantia McCoy-Jones, VA’s clinical nurse advisor for the Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Field Advisory Committee and a subject matter expert involved in the app’s development.
The accompanying video walks users through the various components and features. The app also provides access to other useful resources to help manage daily care. When emergent care is necessary, the app allows Veterans to obtain immediate help and locate nearby medical facilities.
The app can be downloaded with a tablet or smartphone at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Additional training materials and resources, such as a user manual and quick start guide are available here. Additional VA-developed apps are at the VA App Store.
About the author: This article was submitted to VAntage Point by VA’s Office of Nursing Services.