According to the Guidelines for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment developed by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (2009), which of the following interventions for pressure ulcer prevention has the strongest base of clinical evidence?
A. Using a pillow under the patient’s calves to “float” heels above the mattress
B. Applying skin emollients to hydrate dry skin in order to reduce the risk of skin damage
C. Offering high-protein mixed oral nutritional supplements and/or tube feeding in addition to the usual diet to individuals with nutritional risk and pressure ulcer risk because of acute or chronic diseases, or following a surgical intervention
D. Ensuring that a complete skin assessment is part of the patient risk assessment screening policy in place in all health care settings
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