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
Received: 18 December 2016
Accepted: 27 February 2017
Published in print: 31 March 2017Peer review
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