Policy briefing

NHS Improvement guidance calls for consistent approach to pressure ulcer definition and measurement

Guidance calls for the 72-hour rule for pressure ulcers to be scrapped

Guidance calls for the 72-hour rule for pressure ulcers to be scrapped

Essential facts

Almost 1,300 new pressure ulcers are reported each month in the NHS in England, according to NHS Digital.

Expert comment

Jennie Hall

Jennie Hall is strategic nursing adviser at NHS Improvement

‘This guidance has been written with front-line staff to support a consistent approach to the type of pressure damage being reported so that organisations can learn from incidents and implement quality improvement activity.

‘Understanding what type of pressure ulcer harm has occurred in a clinical area, or at a divisional or trust level, supports quality improvement.

‘Each organisation has been asked to review its reporting practice, make changes as required


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