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Figures show large differences between trusts in pressure ulcer numbers


I'm not surprised to see there are discrepancies between Trusts, there are lots of issues involved, not least how transparent a Trust is prepared to be in disclosing their figures. Some Trusts appear to be in denial, others, like my own are completely transparent - I would not consider anything less. There is a considerable issue in the UK regarding the numbers of older people living alone at home, the extended family system in other countries ensures their elderly are safe and protected, sadly such is not the case in the UK, thanks to recession and folks moving to other areas of the country for work. This has resulted in an increased number of patients admitted with falls and pressure damage related to lying on floor etc for long periods prior to discovery. The numbers of patients admitted with pressure damage to our own Trust is double that occurring within the Trust. Pressure must be exerted on the governemt to increase social care, but also we need to look to ourselves and our families, perhaps we need to re-introduce the extended family system?

Posted date

19 May, 2011

Posted time

7:58 am