Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
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Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers

Maureen Benbow Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Chester

An ‘all-in-one’ guideline on pressure ulcer prevention and management in primary and secondary care was published last year by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE 2005a). The guideline is published in two parts. The first part is The Management of Pressure Ulcers in Primary and Secondary Care (Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and NICE 2005). The second part concerns pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention, including the use of pressure-relieving devices (NICE 2003). A quick reference guide (NICE 2005b) summarises the recommendations made in both parts and is the focus of this article.

Nursing Standard. 20, 52,42-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.09.20.52.42.c4493

Correspondence

m.benbow@chester.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review