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Pressure injury prevention

Addressing the risk of pressure injuries in acute and long-term care.

The ongoing challenge across care environments

Pressure injuries continue to be a serious challenge across all care environments. With increased age, rising acuity levels, complex underlying diseases, and decreased mobility levels, the risk for developing pressure injuries increases significantly.

Pressure injuries continue to be a serious challenge across all care environments. You can significantly reduce risk by increasing pressure injury awareness amongst staff, making risk assessments systematically, and providing the right support surface to the right patient at the right time1 for vulnerable residents and patients 24 hours a day.

One effective strategy for pressure injury prevention could include a multi-factorial approach such as SSKIN. SSKIN is a five step model for pressure injury prevention developed by the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). SSKIN identifies the five most important actions to take in preventing pressure injuries:

  • Surface
  • Skin Inspection
  • Keep moving (repositioning) 
  • Incontinence & moisture
  • Nutrition/hydration 2

We offer a range of solutions and services that can assist you in implementing and optimising a pressure injury prevention programme in your facility. For more information contact your local representative. 

 

1. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline, http://www.internationalguideline.com/

2. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance.  Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.  Emily Haesler (ed.). Cambridge Media: Perth Australia; 2014