Clinical update

Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment: guidance for nurses

International guideline on preventing and treating pressure ulcers includes skin protection, pain management and appropriate support surfaces
Picture shows two medics examining the skin on a patient’s feet. New international guidance on pressure ulcers includes protecting the skin, managing pain and choosing support surfaces.

International guideline on preventing and treating pressure ulcers includes skin protection, pain management and appropriate support surfaces

Essential facts

According to NHS Improvement a pressure ulcer is localised damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence (or related to a medical or other device), which results from sustained pressure . The damage can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful.

NHS Improvement adds that pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of patient care . The management of pressure ulcers


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