Ethical issues and accountability in pressure ulcer prevention
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Ethical issues and accountability in pressure ulcer prevention

Lynn Welsh Community vascular specialist nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow

Pressure ulcers represent a considerable cost, both in terms of healthcare spending and quality of life. They are increasingly viewed in terms of patient harm. For clinicians involved in pressure ulcer prevention, ethical issues surrounding accountability may arise from both policy and practice perspectives. It may be useful for clinicians to refer to ethical theories and principles to create frameworks when addressing ethical dilemmas. However, such theories and principles have been criticised for their simplicity and over-generalisation. Alternative theories, for example, virtue ethics and experiential learning, can provide more comprehensive guidance and promote a pluralistic approach to tackling ethical dilemmas.

Nursing Standard. 29, 8,56-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.8.56.e9262

Received: 25 June 2014

Accepted: 18 August 2014

Published in print: 22 October 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review