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Stop The Pressure Ulcer International Awareness Day 2019

The Royal Marsden is committed to reduce the number and severity of pressure ulcers developed during patients’ admission to our services.

21 November 2019

What is a Pressure Ulcer?

The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  define a pressure ulcer as “a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.” 

Most common sites where pressure ulcers develop

Depending on the position that patients are lying of sitting different bony prominence will be at higher risk

Medical Devices such as oxygen masks, nasogastric tubes, urinary catheters, glasses, casts, anti-embolic stockings and others can also cause pressure ulcers.

What is the impact in patient’s life?

“Pressure ulcers can cause significant pain and distress for patients, contribute to longer stay in hospital, increasing the risk of complications including infection(…)” (NHS Improvement) 

How can we prevent pressure ulcers?

There are tools that can assist hospital staff to predict a patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers, and implement a personalised prevention plan following the ASSKING framework:

Who is responsible for preventing pressure ulcers?

Everyone! Prevention and management of pressure requires a multidisciplinary approach to reduce the risk factors. All health care professionals looking after patients should be aware of, and actively involved in prevention. Patients and their family should be given verbal and written information, and involved in the plan for prevention of pressure ulcers from admission.

Useful Links:

Stop The Pressure NHS Improvement
NHS Choices