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Pressure ulcer identification and management

Pressure ulcers were the largest proportion of patient safety incidents in 2011–2012, accounting for 19% of all reports (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE], 2014). Developing strategies and incentives to help reduce pressure ulcer incidence by stressing the importance of improving nurses’ knowledge in areas of skin care and encouraging carers/relatives, together with patients, to take an active role has been shown to improve outcomes in reducing the development of pressure ulcers (NHS Commissioning Board, 2013). With guidance focusing on prevention as well as treatment, it is important that community services understand both the risks and how to stage pressure ulcers appropriately to provide timely and cost-effective treatment.