- Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) A strategy to reduce avoidable pressure ulcers. Nursing Times; 108: 29, 14-17.
- Safety Express is a national programme to minimise the four main avoidable harms in healthcare, one of which is pressure ulcers
- Treating pressure ulcers is costly and eliminating them could save the NHS over £150m a year
- Pressure ulcers are more likely to occur in patients who are elderly, malnourished, dehydrated, obese and/or with underlying medical conditions
- The NHS Safety Thermometer and serious incident reporting can be used to measure the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers
- Nurses have a role in monitoring the incidence of pressure ulcers
- What organisational factors contribute to pressure ulcer development in your clinical area? After reading this article how could you address these issues?
- What measures should be in place to ensure pressure ulcers are avoided? How would you explain and demonstrate these to a student nurse?
- How would you define an unavoidable pressure ulcer?
- The authors say that elimination of avoidable grade 2, 3, and 4 pressure ulcers can be used as an outcome measure for nursing care.
- Explain how essential care including; hydration, nutrition, medication management and personalized care reduces the risk of pressure ulcers.