Welcome to the tissue viability toolkit, here you will find
tools and worksheets that make preventing pressure ulcers possible
in your care setting.
Whether you work in NHS, community, hospice or voluntary care,
the tissue viability tools can quickly make real changes for your
What’s the difference between pressure ulcers and tissue
Tissue viability is a growing speciality that primarily
considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds including
acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg
ulceration - (Tissue Viability Society 2009).
Pressure ulcers are an injury that breaks down the skin and
underlying tissue. They are caused when an area of skin is placed
under pressure. They are sometimes known as "bedsores" or "pressure
sores" - (with thanks to NHS Choices).
Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Pressure ulcer care forms part of the Scottish Patient Safety
Programme (see driver diagram below), and is one of the harms of
the Scottish Patient Safety Indicator. Reporting of pressure ulcers
should be facilitated using local incident management systems.
Further information can be found on the Acute Adult community site:
and the SPSP website: http://www.scottishpatientsafetyprogramme.scot.nhs.uk/