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Pressure Ulcers Remain Key Concern In Acute Care

PRESSURE ULCERS REMAIN KEY CONCERN IN ACUTE CARE

Despite improvements in pressure ulcer prevention in many healthcare facilities, pressure ulcers continue to affect approximately 20% of all patients in acute care environments.

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I Never Understood How Dangerous A Pressure Ulcer Could Be

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD HOW DANGEROUS A PRESSURE ULCER COULD BE: THE COMMON WOUND WITH A DEVASTATING IMPACT

Millions of people around the world suffer from pressure ulcers every year with the wound presenting a truly global challenge to healthcare providers. The effects on sufferers and their families can be devastating with even minor wounds causing pain, distress, and unnecessary suffering. Category IV wounds that often expose tendon and bone, can be life threatening. For a family member, watching a loved one develop a pressure ulcer is often a traumatic experience.

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PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION = PROVIDING QUALITY CARE

Despite a continually growing interest in pressure ulcer prevention, the prevalence of these wounds in European healthcare facilities remains high. The challenge of pressure ulcers in healthcare has long been called the ‘silent epidemic under the sheets’ and this remains true today.

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WE MUST ALWAYS ASK OURSELVES: COULD THIS HAVE BEEN PREVENTED?

For every pressure ulcer that develops in a care facility, we must always ask ourselves: Was there anything we could have done to prevent this from happening?

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