Pressure ulcer prevention in care home settings
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Pressure ulcer prevention in care home settings

Michael Ellis Lead nurse tissue viability, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Devon, England

Pressure ulcer prevention in the care home setting can be challenging and is often compromised by a lack of access to education and resources. There are measures that have been shown to consistently improve outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention including assessment of the patient and their individual risks, delivery of a consistent plan of care that meets patients’ needs, and regular evaluation to identify shortfalls. In addition, there should be a robust approach to investigating events that lead to a person developing a pressure ulcer and that information should be used to improve future practice. Pressure ulcer prevention in care homes is achievable and nurses should all be aware of the necessary measures detailed in this article.

Nursing Older People. 29, 3, 29-37. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e906


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 December 2016

Accepted: 27 February 2017