pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

Posted by clairejames on November 10, 2017

Every year we shine a spotlight on the issues that surround pressure ulcers worldwide.  In the UK the problem has been high on the political and NHS agendas for a long time and yet the situation regarding the number of pressure ulcers that are reported every year is not significantly improving.

At this time of year we like to take the opportunity to remind people of the basic elements of pressure ulcer prevention:

S - checking the surface that you are sitting or lying on.  Is it meant to offer pressure relief?  Is it doing the job it is meant to?

S - regularly check the skin looking for discolouration, blisters, heat, swelling, hardness.  If in doubt, speak to a healthcare professional

K - keep moving - move little and often, every 30 minutes will really help to alleviate pressure

I - deal with issues around incontinence and increased moisture as these will have a negative impact on the skin

N - nutrition and hydration.  Ensure that you are eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluid

The BHTA has released a report around pressure ulcer prevention and what is being done across the industry to reduce them and help to release some of the cost that the NHS incurrs relating to this area of healthcare.  To download your copy visit http://bhta.com/bhta-launch-new-pressure-ulcer-paper-1st-september-2017/

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