Pressure Ulcer Best Practice

 

Best Practice Statement - Prevention and management of pressure ulcers

About this best practice statement

This document provides information, guidance and examples you need to develop best achievable practice in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

How to use this tool well

  • Remember the key aim is pressure ulcer prevention.
  • Look at the key points at the top of each section of the Best Practice Statement – these are the things to remember.
  • Get to know your patient/client as this will help you make a more accurate assessment of risk.
  • Use your clinical judgment.

The information, guidance and examples you need to develop best achievable practice in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

Key uses of the best practice statement

  • a basis for developing and improving care
  • an educational tool for students at pre and post registration level and to stimulate learning amongst teams.
  • helps promote effective interdisciplinary team working
  • helps determine whether a quality service is being provided
  • stimulates ideas and priorities for nursing research, and
  • stimulates ideas and priorities for continuous improvement.

Best practice statements address an area of care where there is variation in practice across Scotland since there is a limited amount of robust evidence available. They attempt to incorporate professional consensus in the absence of a rigorous evidence base.

Please note that this best practice statement is currently being reviewed by a Tissue Viability Short Life Working Group. Any updates will be added to this page when they are issued.

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Published Date: 31 March 2009