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.

International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day is a chance for anyone who is involved in healthcare or cares about reducing the number of avoidable pressure ulcers to get involved and remind everyone that pressure ulcers are a problem in the UK. This is a health condition that is almost always avoidable and can be prevented with some simple actions to help lower an individuals risk of developing the early signs of skin damage.

We would like to take this 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

There are a range of different resources available from a number of different sources to support this international awareness day. Here are just a few of the links available:

http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/2018-world-wide-pressure-injury-prevention-day/

https://tvs.org.uk/stop-pressure/

https://www.molnlycke.com/news/events/stop-pressure-ulcer-day/

http://www.epuap.org/stop-pressure-ulcers/