A pressure ulcer is a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence caused by pressure or pressure in combination with shear. They cause pain, discomfort and reduced quality of life to patients and represent a monumental cost to the health and social care system.1
The Uncomfortable Truth
Pressure ulcers have a negative impact on quality of life. It is known that individuals with pressure ulcers frequently experience pain combined with fear, isolation and anxiety.
How Big is the Problem?
Pressure ulcers remain an all too common problem throughout healthcare institutions. The magnitude of the problem is growing with a 63% increase in pressure ulcers in a 10 year period and with patients from across acute, long term care and home care environments are said to experience a pressure ulcer. Given the fact that these injuries may be avoidable, it is clear that attention to pressure ulcer prevention remains vital and often overlooked.
Source: Injury Prevention Program, Seating Matters.3
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2. Lyder CH, Ayello EA. Pressure Ulcers: A Patient Safety Issue. In: Hughes RG, editor. Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2008 Apr. Chapter 12. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2650/
3. Seating Matters, Injury Prevention Program, Northern Ireland: Seating Matters.