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.
SPSP uses Quality Improvement (QI) methodology, a key part of which is to support staff to test different approaches to achieve reliable processes, for example, SSKIN care bundle , and to understand the impact their changes are having on pressure ulcer incidence. By connecting process reliability and outcomes for people in acute care, staff can understand which processes are leading to improved outcomes and design and test changes. For example, testing and implementing a process to review pressure ulcer incidents and feed learning back into improvement plans.
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 and health boards across Scotland to reduce pressure ulcers in acute hospitals. Click here to download the report.
For more information, please click, on the links below for a range of resources and tools.
Resources and downloads
- Useful links
- Tools and materials
- Events and presentations
Pressure ulcer networking days
07 November 2017
A further full day event for front-line staff working with patients to reduce pressure ulcers in both acute and community settings.
12 May 2017
A half day event for front-line staff working with patients to reduce pressure ulcers in both acute and community settings.
Welcome and aims of the day
The story of PU reduction in Scotland
Reducing hospital acquired pressure ulcers
Pressure ulcer prevention in the pero-operative enviroment
An introduction to measurement for improvement
Tissue viability education
Event flash report
Board flash reports
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 the incidence of pressure ulcers in NHS Forth Valley
An introduction to QI
Pressure ulcers - So what’s all the fuss about?