Pressure Ulcers

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.

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