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Clinical update

Pressure ulcer toolkit: advice for nurses on prevention and care pathways

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Advisory Board resource highlights the importance of risk awareness
Training a caregiver to spot signs of pressure sores

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Advisory Board resource highlights the importance of risk awareness

Essential information

Pressure ulcers continue to challenge healthcare professionals and cause serious harm to many patients.

All patients are potentially at risk, but those with restricted mobility, cognitive impairment or palliative care needs are especially vulnerable.

In the NHS in England in the year to March 2016, nearly 25,000 patients developed a new pressure ulcer.

In 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said the daily cost of treating a pressure ulcer, including nurse time, dressings and diagnostic tests, ranged from £43 to £374, on top of standard care costs.

Pressure ulcers can be painful and can


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