Clinical update

Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment: guidance for nurses

International guideline on preventing and treating pressure ulcers includes skin protection, pain management and appropriate support surfaces
Picture shows two medics examining the skin on a patient’s feet. New international guidance on pressure ulcers includes protecting the skin, managing pain and choosing support surfaces.

International guideline on preventing and treating pressure ulcers includes skin protection, pain management and appropriate support surfaces

Essential facts

According to NHS Improvement a pressure ulcer is localised damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence (or related to a medical or other device), which results from sustained pressure . The damage can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful.

NHS Improvement adds that pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of patient care . The management of pressure ulcers

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Older People
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs