Stop the Pressure – Pressure Ulcers
Stop the Pressure seeks to prevent pressure damage and improve healing of pressure ulcers.
Health and care professionals
Information to help health and care professionals prevent pressure damage and promote healing.
Information to help you look after your skin and prevent pressure ulcers (‘bed sores’).
Helping to care for your wound can help you and the professionals responsible for your wound care.
● Talk with your health care professional to agree on how you can help care for your wound.
● Know how to contact your healthcare professional if your symptoms get worse, do not improve or if you see signs of other problems such as infection.
Information to help health and care professionals prevent pressure damage and promote healing
Improving Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Care
PURPOSE-T (Pressure Ulcer Risk Primary or Secondary Evaluation Tool) is an evidence-based pressure ulcer risk assessment instrument that was developed using robust research methods – Visit
Watch how to avoid device-related pressure damage – Watch here
The National Stop the Pressure programme has designed a core curriculum to guide education for nurses and other healthcare professionals on preventing pressure ulcers – Download
Over the last 20 years, in England, there has been significant investment in the collection of PU data. This effort has made an important contribution to raising the profile of PU prevention, but data collection has placed a large burden on health professionals. This has led to the unintended consequence of diverting clinical time away from clinical initiatives that would reduce the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers and improve healing rates for other types of wounds. The National Stop the Pressure Programme is now developing a new national PU data system to replace the National Safety Theromometer, to support quality improvement for people at risk of pressure damage.
Wounds UK Editorial: A brief history of pressure ulcer measurement in England in the last 20 years. You read the journal in full, here.
COVID – Nursing Times (2020) Rethinking tissue viability services: learning from the coronavirus pandemic – Download
COVID – The newly vulnerable population – Download
COVID – Pressure ulcer prevention guidance when nursing patients in the prone position – Download
COVID – Skin care when proning – checklist – Download
International Pressure Ulcer Resources
The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Pane (EPUAP) aims to provide relief for persons suffering from, or at risk of, pressure ulcers, through research and the education of the public and by influencing pressure ulcer policy in all European countries towards an adequate patient centred and cost effective pressure ulcer care – Visit
National Pressure lnjury Panel (USA) – Visit
NHS Pressure Ulcer Categorisation Poster – Download
NHS Improvement Pressure Ulcer Core Curriculum – Download
NHS Pressure Ulcer Prevention Guidance – Download
NHS England and NHS Improvement: PU Audit Report – Download
NHS Improvement Pressure Ulcers: revised definition and measurement – Download
Pressure ulcer risk assessment is included in the 2022/23 CCG CQUIN scheme. These resources support those involved in CQUIN implementation.
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