Pressure ulcers are an unwanted complication of illness, severe physical disability or increasing frailty. Approximately 412,000 people are likely to develop a new pressure ulcer annually in the UK and this presents a significant burden on the provision of healthcare within the NHS. In June 2015, the Scottish Government announced an expansion of the existing aim, to reduce acquired grade 2–4 pressure ulcers in hospitals and care homes in Scotland by 50% by 2017.
Impact Report: Reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers in acute hospitals in NHS Scotland (June 2018)
This report summarises the work of the SPSP Acute Adult programme to reduce pressure ulcers in acute hospitals. Click here to download the report.
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07 November 2017
A further full day event for frontline staff working with patients to reduce pressure ulcers in both acute and community settings.
12 May 2017
A half day event for frontline staff working with patients to reduce pressure ulcers in both acute and community settings.
31 May 2016
This full day event looked at how teams within NHS boards are using quality improvement methods to realise the ambition to reduce pressure ulcers by 50% and explored how to improve the risk identification and assessment of pressure ulcers.
Reducing pressure ulcers in Scotland
Reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers in NHS Forth Valley
An introduction to QI
Pressure ulcers - So what’s all the fuss about?