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Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers

Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
The prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers continues to
present a challenge across acute and long-term care settings, and costs the NHS up to £2.64 billion annually. As well as causing a reduced quality of life for sufferers, they can prove to be fatal. The complexity of the exact causes of skin breakdown and accurate risk assessment has proved problematic to fully understanding this common nursing problem, yet despite limited evidence clear guidelines on best practice exist, suggesting that prevention strategies should encompass interventions in three areas: risk assessment; relief of pressure, and education. Evidence exists that where these strategies are adopted at an organizational level, and strong leadership provided, the outcomes can be remarkable. This article outlines effective prevention and risk-reduction strategies, together with interventions that can promote healing.
pressure ulcers, prevention, risk assessment, wound care
0966-0461
S20-S27
Riordan, Jennifer
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Voegeli, David
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Riordan, Jennifer
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Voegeli, David
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Riordan, Jennifer and Voegeli, David (2009) Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. British Journal of Nursing, 18 (20), S20-S27.

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The prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers continues to
present a challenge across acute and long-term care settings, and costs the NHS up to £2.64 billion annually. As well as causing a reduced quality of life for sufferers, they can prove to be fatal. The complexity of the exact causes of skin breakdown and accurate risk assessment has proved problematic to fully understanding this common nursing problem, yet despite limited evidence clear guidelines on best practice exist, suggesting that prevention strategies should encompass interventions in three areas: risk assessment; relief of pressure, and education. Evidence exists that where these strategies are adopted at an organizational level, and strong leadership provided, the outcomes can be remarkable. This article outlines effective prevention and risk-reduction strategies, together with interventions that can promote healing.

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Published date: 12 November 2009
Keywords: pressure ulcers, prevention, risk assessment, wound care

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Local EPrints ID: 71637
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/71637
ISSN: 0966-0461
PURE UUID: f381a97a-7330-4314-8b61-f0e576b32da7
ORCID for David Voegeli: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3457-7177

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Date deposited: 16 Dec 2009
Last modified: 29 Apr 2020 16:34

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