The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released the VA Pressure Ulcer/Injury Resource app (VA PUR). VA PUR helps Veterans and their caregivers learn about preventing and caring for existing pressure ulcers/injuries and provides links to tools which assist Veterans and caregivers in managing their health with the use of their mobile device.
The VA Pressure Ulcer Resource (VA PUR) App is designed to help Veterans and their Caregivers learn about preventing and taking care of existing pressure ulcers/injuries. The VA PUR App is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to prevent, understand and track pressure ulcers/injuries. The app also provides access to other useful resources to help manage your daily care.
VA PUR is unique in the mobile health (mHealth) market and is the only VA-developed app for pressure ulcer/injury prevention with tools for both Veterans and their caregivers. Veterans and their caregivers can create journal entries to track pressure ulcers/injuries and set up regular reminders to move, eat, and take medications. The app’s educational component helps users learn about preventing pressure ulcers/injuries, exercise, nutrition, coping with stress and managing pain. Other unique features of VA PUR include videos to learn about skin care, repositioning and how to safely transfer from bed-to-wheelchair and wheelchair-to-bed. VA PUR is a valuable mobile patient-education tool which can be used in the home and in all practice settings.
•Create journal entries to track your pressure ulcers/injuries
•Set reminders to move, eat and take medications
•Get background information about ulcers/injuries, and tips for daily care and prevention
•Watch videos to learn about pressure ulcers/injuries and safely repositioning
•Create a list of questions to ask in your next appointment
•Get immediate help and locate nearby medical facilities
To watch a video on how to use the app click here.