Welcome to our Podiatry resource pages which have been developed to support NHSGGC staff with all the latest information, education and developments in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management.
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Wounds UK have produced some useful posters to raise awareness of pressure damage.
What is a Pressure Ulcer?
Definition: Pressure ulcers are described as “an injury that breaks down the skin and underlying tissue”. They are caused when an area of skin is placed under pressure and are sometimes known as ‘bed sores’, ‘pressure sores’2 or pressure injury. Pressure ulcers can occur in any person who has, for example, limited mobility, cognitive impairment, palliative and end of life care needs or who is acutely ill.3
Why do they matter?
Our Aim: Reduce Avoidable Pressure Damage in Foot & Ankle
Pressure damage to the heel and associated structures in the foot accounts for 30–38% of all PUs. It has a reported prevalence of around 15% in inpatients and 21% across all stages of the care delivery chain. Heels are the second most common site for the development of PUs.
The healthcare economic costs associated with avoidable PUs on the foot and ankle are significant – ranging from £11,800 to £15,519 per annum per ulcer. It is, therefore, important to identify ways of improving practice, reducing harm and enhancing patient quality of life.
NHSGGC Board Policy
The Acute clinical governance group implemented the Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Policy in 2016 (updated March 2019). The aim of this policy was to ensure all patients in NHSGGC are systematically assessed, and effective strategies put in place to reduce risk to healthy tissue and facilitate healing of damaged tissue from pressure, shear, friction and moisture. This policy is applicable to all age groups.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) Standards for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers 2020.
Education & Resources
There are a number of educational resources, videos and links to support you with your learning. You can access these by clicking on the inks below.