17 September 2014

New Pressure Ulcer Guidelines

Two new guidelines relating to pressure ulcers have been released, adding to the NICE guidelines 'The prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care' that went live in April this year.

NPUAP & EPUAP: Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers - Quick Reference Guide

This Quick Reference Guide presents a summary of the recommendations and excerpts of the supporting evidence for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. The more comprehensive Clinical Practice Guideline version of the guideline provides a detailed analysis and discussion of available research, critical evaluations of the assumptions and knowledge of the field, and description of the methodology used to develop guideline. This Quick Reference Guide is intended for busy health professionals who require a quick reference in caring for individuals in the clinical setting.

The goal of this guideline is to provide evidence based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers that can be used by health professionals throughout the world. The purpose of the prevention recommendations is to guide evidence based care to prevent the development of pressure ulcers and the purpose of the treatment focused recommendations is to provide evidence-based guidance on the most effective strategies to promote pressure ulcer healing.

All Wales Guidance: Pressure Ulcer Reporting and Investigation

The All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum (AWTVNF) and the All Wales Adult Protection Co-ordinators in Health and Social Care have collaborated to determine a standardised approach to pressure ulcer reporting and investigation in order to safeguard individuals accessing health and social care in Wales.

This document applies to all NHS Trusts and Health Boards in Wales and aims to:

  • promote consistency and guide performance reporting against Welsh Government targets for zero tolerance to pressure damage
  • provide guidance on when pressure damage meets the threshold for referral into adult safeguarding processes
  • facilitate effective learning to enable the risk of further patients suffering the same harm to be reduced

Download a free copy of both documents here. 

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