Pressure ulcers: quality improvement
The desire to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes is both an aspiration and a necessity for the NHS, while pressure ulcers have long been considered a preventable harm.
However, despite the sustained effort and resources that have been put into pressure ulcer prevention, the number of pressure ulcers seems to have stagnated for the last few years.
Why is this? What more can be done that is not already being done? Have we achieved the best we can hope to achieve?
A group of four nurse specialists in tissue viability from around the UK have developed this new pressure ulcer quality improvement toolbox, based on eight steps, to help nursing staff make a difference.