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 the NHS, the community, a hospice or
voluntary care, the tissue viability tools can quickly make real
changes for your patients.
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
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
Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Pressure ulcer care forms part of the Scottish Patient Safety
Programme (see driver diagram link 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: http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/aapsp.aspx
and the SPSP website: http://www.scottishpatientsafetyprogramme.scot.nhs.uk/.