Engaging patients in pressure ulcer prevention
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Engaging patients in pressure ulcer prevention

Lynne Hudgell Senior lecturer in tissue viability, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, England
Julie Dalphinis Lead nurse in safeguarding adults and Mental Capacity Act and lecturer practitioner, NHS Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Groups, London, and Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe, England
Chris Blunt Senior research fellow, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe, England
Maryam Zonouzi Associate lecturer in service user involvement, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, England
Susan Procter Professor of clinical nursing innovation, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe, England

As patients increasingly care for themselves at home, they require accessible information to enable informed self-care. This article describes the development of an educational electronic application (app) designed for use by patients at risk of pressure ulcers, and their carers. The app can be downloaded to Windows, Android or Apple smartphones or tablets. The app is based on the current pressure ulcer prevention and management guidelines from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and is designed to educate patients and carers about how to prevent a pressure ulcer, how to recognise a pressure ulcer, and what to do if they suspect they are developing a pressure ulcer. We hope the app will be used to help with educational conversations among patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Nursing Standard. 29, 36,64-70. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.36.64.e9956

Correspondence

Susan.Procter@bucks.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 02 February 2015

Accepted: 20 February 2015