pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

March 2007

CELEBRATED ACTRESS BRINGS PRESSURE TO BEAR IN SUPPORT OF NEW CAMPAIGN

Veteran award winning actress Miriam Margolyes, has pledged her support to the national ‘Your Turn’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the horrific consequences of pressure sores.

Miriam’s mother, Ruth Margolyes, was left paralysed after a stroke and was cared for by her father, Dr, Joseph Margolyes, until his own health made this impossible. She was admitted to hospital for the last seven months of her life and it was here she developed a pressure sore.

A staggering one in five patients in UK hospitals develops a pressure sore with the NHS spending up to four billion pounds treating pressure sores and related conditions. The cost of treating the most severe cases ranges from £11,000 to as much as £40,000 per person.

Miriam says: “I didn't know what they were, didn't even see them on Mummy
until it was just too late. They're always covered up and that's the danger.
It makes me rage now to think of what she suffered so unnecessarily.
We have to do everything within our power to stop this happening to our loved ones.”

Dr Michael Clark PhD is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wound Healing Research Unit at Cardiff University and is recognised as a world authority on pressure sore prevention and management, he says: “Pressure sores are entirely avoidable. Sores are usually caused when someone sits or lies in one position for too long. People who cannot move themselves should be repositioned at least every hour if sitting and every two hours if lying down - more often if possible.”

A pressure sore can develop within a matter of minutes but can last for months. Frighteningly they are associated with a 2 - 4 fold increase in the risk of death in older people in intensive care units.

Miriam says: “It makes me frustrated and incredulous to think that in a society where we have made such wonderful strides with medical technology, that an entirely avoidable condition such as a pressure sore is being completely overlooked. Helpless people need to be taken care of - it's our human responsibility.
Proper care can and would prevent these horrible sores and it can and
must be done.

Miriam Margolyes
BAFTA award winning actress Miriam Margolyes is a veteran of stage and screen and has achieved acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. She has appeared in many successful films, TV shows and theatre productions including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ladies in Lavender, Romeo & Juliet and most recently The Importance of Being Earnest and WICKED.