Pressure Ulcers

  

  

OUR PATIENTS ARE AT RISK!

Due to the very nature of their illness, critically ill patients are often at ‘higher risk’ of developing pressure ulcers. The reasons for the increased risk are:

  • patients may well be sedated and unaware of their environment, 
  • be compromised physically due to their clinical condition,
  •  have catheters, lines and drains that can create pressure and 
  • be too weak to reposition themselves to relieve pressure.

As a consequence, systems should be put in place to manage this risk. A number of considerations should be made in an attempt to prevent pressure ulcers occurring and support their on-going management.

PREVENTATIVE STRATEGIES

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Local intelligence suggests that pressure ulcers are continuing to occur frequently within our critical care units, although the severity has greatly reduced, and to support prevention and management strategies, the Network in conjunction with other NW Critical Care Network colleagues, established a group consisting of educators, nurses and tissue viability experts in order to develop the ‘SKIN Bundle’ for use in critical care units. This provided a framework for action to implement preventative measures in clinical practice. This tool was further updated and re-launched in January 2015, and through the local Quality Improvement Leads the Network continues to explore further initiatives that can support this work. 


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RESOURCES

SKIN Bundle.pdf
SKIN Assessment Tool
EPUAP Grading tool

  

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