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What tools can be used to prevent pressure ulcers?

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This article will tell you about:

  • How to identify which patients are most at risk of developing pressure ulcers
  • What factors affect the likelihood of developing pressure ulcers
  • The tools available to help you do this, their benefits and drawbacks
  • How you can reduce risk
  • How to identify early warning signs of an ulcer developing
  • Obstacles that may prevent you from stopping pressure ulcers developing

You would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:

  • Causes of pressure ulcers
  • Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment
  • Why government targets are focusing on avoidable pressure ulcers

In what situations will this article be useful to me?

Anyone working with patients who have restricted movement, lack sensation or fall in to the risk category for developing pressure ulcers for any other reason, may find this article helpful. The article explores early warning signs to be aware of and how skin can be assessed to identify the likelihood of an ulcer developing. It also gives advice on how to reduce the risk and the reasons behind these methods.

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • What tools are used to prevent pressure ulcers?
  • How is tissue viability assessed?
  • What is in place to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers developing?

Student Nursing Times Decoder

  • Compromised vascular supply: This means that blood supply to a localised area is reduced, which it could be for a number of reasons.
  • Hypovolaemic shock: Severe blood or fluid loss prevents the heart from being able to pump enough blood around the body.
  • Tissue hypoxia: This refers to an area of the body being deprived of an adequate oxygen supply.
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