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Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life

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This conference focuses on the prevention and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life. Wounds are a common occurrence in patients with terminal illnesses, it has been estimated that approximately one third of palliative care patients will experience a pressure ulcer. Pressure wounds are seen most often in elderly and terminally ill patients as a result skin failure — a naturally occurring process commonly associated with terminal illness wherein the skin begins to break down and die. At the end of life multiple risk factors can lead to pressure ulcers. The prevention and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life must also be balanced alongside the patients preferences presenting ethical dilemmas such as when prevention and active management should stop in the last days of life. Alongside National Update sessions focusing on Pressure Ulcer Investigation and how this is changing under the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), this national conference focuses on the reduction and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life, from risk assessment to controlling pain and discomfort in the last days of life. The conference will also discuss the new Clinical Pathway for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers and the Pressure Ulcer Best Practice Bundle, and the introduction of PSIRF in Pressure Ulcer Investigation:

It is clear that the current approach, which encourages the investigation of all individual PUs of a certain category, is placing too great a burden on health professionals without achieving the necessary quality improvement. The new PSIRF offers a broader approach to addressing patient safety issues, such as pressure ulceration, taking the focus away from investigation and oversight of individual incidents to instead focus on quality improvement.

Jacqui Fletcher OBE Clinical Editor, Wounds UK, Pressure Ulcer lead, National Wound Care Strategy Programme 2022

Pressure ulcers at end of life should be classified in the same way as all pressure ulcers, and not be given a separate category.

NHS Improvement

This conference will enable you to: 

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the measurement, reporting and prevention of pressure ulcers and harm at the end of life 

  • Reflect on national developments and learning including investigation of pressure ulcers and how this is changing under the New Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) 

  • Examine the new National Clinical Pathway for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers and the Pressure Ulcer Best Practice Bundle

  • Learn from outstanding practice in pressure ulcer reporting 

  • Develop your skills in the management of pressure ulcers, and reducing pain and discomfort at the end of life for patients with them 

  • Developing effective training and education of frontline staff that will empower frontline teams to take ownership for improving care processes and preventing pressure ulcers 

  • Understand skin changes at the end of life 

  • Improve sustainability in the reduction of pressure ulcers 

  • Understand the factors that increase the risk of pressure ulcer development, and explore effective risk assessment tools 

  • Develop a better understanding of pressure ulcer prevention at the end of life 

  • Improve Nutrition and Hydration 

  • Learn from case studies involving difficult to treat pressure ulcers  

  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence and definitions 

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice 

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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