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New Guidance from NHS Improvement - Pressure ulcers: revised definition and measurement

Pressure ulcers remain a challenge for the patients who develop them and the healthcare professionals involved in their prevention and management. Despite extensive prevention programmes, evidence suggests about 1,700 to 2,000 patients a month develop pressure ulcers. 

As part of a national patient safety agenda, NHS England has introduced several initiatives in recent years to reduce avoidable pressure ulcer (PU) harm. These include reporting prevalence through the NHS Safety Thermometer, incident reporting systems and the Strategic Executive Information System (StEIS) for reporting Serious Incidents.
Despite the limitations of the Safety Thermometer’s database (a monthly point prevalence tool), no other national system yet exists for reporting pressure ulcer incidence. Although these initiatives were implemented across the NHS, lack of comprehensive guidance has led to concerns about variation in local implementation (eg type of ulcer to be reported, classification system to be used) and subsequent inconsistency in reporting pressure ulcers. Literature reviews have also identified difficulties in interpreting adverse event data.

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Source NHS Improvment June 2018

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