Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Discharge/Transfer of Care Arrangements
Recommendation Level of Evidence
4.1  Clients moving between care settings should have the following information provided:
  • Risk factors identified;
  • Details of pressure points and skin condition prior to transfer;
  • Need for pressure management/mobility equipment (e.g., support surfaces, seating, special transfer equipment, heel boots);
  • Details of healed ulcers;
  • Stage, site and size of existing ulcers;
  • History of ulcers, previous treatments and dressings (generic) used;
  • Type of dressing currently used and frequency of change;
  • Any allergies to dressing products; and
  • Need for on-going nutritional support.
4.2  Use the RNAO Best Practice Guideline Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers (Revised) (2005). IV