Pressure ulcer prevention in frail older people

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Registered nurses, Nursing students


Marcee Barry, Clinical nurse specialist, care of older adults, St Mary’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Linda Nugent, Research fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit, Health Service Executive Dublin North, Dublin, Ireland.

Short description

Discover how to prevent the development of pressure ulcers in frail older people

Detailed description

Pressure ulcers are painful and cause discomfort, have a negative effect on quality of life, and are costly to treat. The incidence and severity of preventable pressure ulcers is an important indicator of quality of care; it is essential that healthcare providers monitor prevalence and incidence rates to ensure that care strategies implemented are effective. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), which influences other international guidelines, have advocated for the term ‘pressure injury’ to emphasise both damage to intact skin or the formation of an ulcer as discussed here. NHS Improvement (2018) also emphasise this definition of damage to intact skin or an open ulcer.This helps stress the importance of good early pressure injury prevention.Frail older people are at increased risk of developing pressure ulcers. This module discusses the complexities of preventing pressure ulcers in frail older people and emphasises the importance of structured educational programmes that incorporate effective clinical leadership and multidisciplinary teamwork.


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