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It is important when a person enters a new care setting that an assessment of their pressure ulcer risk is carried out. This assessment should take place as soon as possible, as pressure ulcers can develop quickly. It is also important to remember that a person’s condition can change which may mean a change in their pressure ulcer risk.

It is good practice to re-assess a person’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer when there is a change in their condition. In order to identify quickly a change in a person’s pressure ulcer risk, undertake an assessment of pressure ulcer risk on a daily basis.

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What’s the difference between pressure ulcers and tissue viability?

"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 Indicator

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The Scottish Patient Safety Indicator (SPSI) was developed to help reduce the occurrence of specified harms, including pressure ulcers. Discover more on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme website.