Helping to prevent pressure ulcers

A quick guide for registered managers of care homes

Published: January 2019

Pressure ulcers can be serious and can lead to
life-threatening complications, such as blood poisoning and gangrene.
However, taking some simple steps can reduce the chance of pressure
ulcers developing.

This quick guide explains how to identify those at risk of
developing pressure ulcers and what health and social care practitioners
can do to reduce the risk.

It covers:          

  • Who is most likely to get a pressure ulcer?

  • Risk assessment

  • Care planning

  • Repositioning

  • Providing information 

Visit the fully interactive web resource: Helping to prevent pressure ulcers


Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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