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The Patients Association has called for the introduction of mandatory monitoring and reporting of pressure ulcers.

Freedom of information data collected by the organisation showed specialist nurse levels were highly variable and appeared to lack any significant relationship with trust activity.

For example, the data showed a tenfold difference between the activity levels of acute trusts with one whole time equivalent tissue viability nurse.

Acute trusts were also shown to be employing an average of five infection control nurses compared to 1.6 tissue viability nurses, even though pressure ulcers cost the NHS up to £2.1bn a year - double the cost of healthcare associated infections, the association said.



Readers' comments (3)

  • Our hospital has been collecting dta on the occurence of pressure sores among patients. We made it one of our National Nursing Indicator Approach for our Quality Approaches...

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  • Richard White

    It's real progress to get pressure ulcers on the national agenda, and noticed by the general public. Slowly, we are getting there!

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  • Pauline Beldon

    This has been a long time in coming and the Patients Association are to be commended for their action.

    Now its up to TVNs everywhere to produce evidence by demonstrating their and the shortfall of the services in order to gain increased recognition from their Trusts.

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