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What is the SSKIN care bundle?

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Watch this short video to find out how the SSKIN care bundle can help you improve the care you give and reduce the prevalence of pressure ulcers

The implementation of a care bundle approach to delivering fundamental care in practice is now a recognised and effective way of translating research into practice, offering consistent care with resulting positive outcomes for the patient. A care bundle consists of a relatively small number of interventions for every patient to whom the bundle is applied. The bundle methodology is designed to facilitate consistency in practice. The theory behind the implementation of a ‘bundle’ approach is that the whole is likely to be more effective than the sum of the parts.

In PU prevention any patient identified as being at risk of PU development in every practice setting, including the community, should be placed on a PU prevention care bundle. An example of a PU prevention care bundle is the SSKIN bundle (see box below) (NHS Scotland, 2009; NHS Midlands and East, 2012).



The SSKIN care bundle elements   

  • Surface
  • Skin inspection
  • Keep moving
  • Incontinence/moisture
  • Nutrition


  • You can download a Pressure Ulcer care bundle plan kindly supplied by Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on the right hand side of this page




NHS Midlands and East (2012) Stop the pressure pathway. Available: (accessed 27th Oct 2014)

NHS Scotland (2011) SSKIN bundle. Available: (accessed 27th Oct 2014)




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