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Europe's nurses join together to target pressure ulcers

Health professionals across Europe are coming together with politicians and the public today to discuss the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

Millions of people around the world suffer from pressure ulcers or bedsores every year and they can have a devastating effect on patients and families.

They generally develop in patients who remain in one bodily position for a significant length of time, can take months to heal and can even lead to amputation, organ failure or death and Professor Michael Clark says action is needed to combat them.

“It is a disgrace that across health services worldwide people continue to needlessly develop pressure ulcers,” said the president of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

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“It is time to stand up and speak out about these wounds that are generally so rarely discussed but very common, I am sure most people have known a family member who has experienced pressure ulcers while they were ill.”

Stop Pressure Ulcer Day will see numerous events take place across Europe and the organisers hope it will raise the profile of the problem among the public as well as informing clinicians and urging policy makers to take action.

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • GP services - prevention awareness, early detection and assessmnet, prompt and regular treatment is pivotal to healing.

    What is the pathway which incentises the treatment delivered by GPs and practice staff? If there was an indicator which paid for leg ulcers which healed this may prevent a proportion which deteriorate and require more aggressive treatment. There needs to be a front loading of resources to prevent, detect and intensively support the early.

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