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Pressure ulcer prevention

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

The ongoing challenge across care environments.

Pressure ulcers 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 ulcers increases significantly.

Pressure ulcers continue to be a serious challenge across all care environments. You can significantly reduce risk by increasing pressure ulcer 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 ulcer prevention could include a multi-factorial approach such as SSKIN. SSKIN is a five step model for pressure ulcer prevention developed by the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). SSKIN identifies the five most important actions to take in preventing pressure ulcers:

  • 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 ulcer 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

 

Clinical guidelines

What is the importance of maintaining skin integrity in vulnerable patients at risk of pressure ulceration or moisture lesions.

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Patient and caregiver information

Pressure ulcers are largely preventable when prevention methods are used early. It is important that you have some understanding of what causes pressure ulcers and how they can be prevented.

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Clinical FAQ

The list of FAQs has been compiled in order to answer common questions that might arise during clinical practice and in markets where clinical evidence is scarce.

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