November 19, 2015

Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

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Essential Healthcare Solutions is proud to support STOP Pressure Ulcer Day on 19th November this year and raise awareness about pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are something Essential Healthcare Solutions is trying to prevent every day with the right training, equipment and care. For those of you who are unaware, here is some information regarding pressure ulcers:

What is a pressure ulcer?

A pressure ulcer is localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.

Are there different types of pressure ulcers?

They are different type of pressure ulcers ranging from grade 1 to grade 4, with grade 1 showing redness on the top of the skin. The hardness (or induration) is a common sign of a stage 1 pressure ulcer, grade 4 for example is a more severe pressure ulcer and reaches the bone.

What can I do to prevent them?

There is no universal way to eliminate pressure ulcers as circumstances change with each individual. However there is general advice, outlined on the NHS Choices website which informs you on what to do. The main things are to:

  • Change positions regularly
  • Check your skin
  • Have a correct diet

Something that is also crucial is the right equipment, which is why all our mattresses are designed to maximise pressure redistribution so the key pressure points such as the head, body and heels are protected and help prevent pressure ulcers. Our new mattress the Trezzo 10 for example has tri-zonal sections to combat these key pressure points and spread the pressure evenly.

Did you know?

  • The total cost in the UK is estimated to be £1.4-£2.1 billion annually, comprising 4% of total NHS expenditure.
  • More than 90% of the cost of treatment is the cost of nurse time.
  • 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers each year.
  • Hopefully that gives you an insight into pressure ulcers, you can find more information about Stop Pressure Ulcer Day here.

Remember: pressure ulcers are preventable!