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Improving policy and practice in the prevention of pressure ulcers

A lack of conclusive evidence indicating which risk factors are important in the development of pressure ulcers means that prevention strategies in clinical practice vary (Vance, 2002). The Department of Health set an annual reduction target of five per cent for pressure ulcers (Whitfield et al, 2000) and The Essence of Care (NHS Modernisation Agency, 2001) established clinical standards of care for the prevention of pressure ulcers and their management.

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