Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

This year’s Stop Pressure Ulcer Day on 19th of November 2020 seeks to raise further awareness of pressure ulcers. We show our support by presenting five tips for preventing pressure ulcers – a topic we focus on daily.

Pressure ulcers are still a major international problem as it affects millions of people each year. Every year in November, EPUAP puts extra focus on the topic through the Stop Pressure Ulcer Day. As a contribution to this important cause, we will this year be presenting five tips for preventing pressure ulcers.

See the five tips for preventing pressure ulcers developed by Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Director of Development, Christian Gammelgaard, below or download them here.

1. Analyse before choosing assistive devices
– Make risk score, needs analysis, risk analysis and assess if the assistive device suits the patient’s needs and risk of developing pressure ulcers.

2. Demand documentation of function
– Demand objective and in-depth studies, that can document the function of the assistive device, from suppliers.

3. Utilise expertise
– Always contact specialists if in any doubt. The employees must have knowledge about and opportunity for contact with specialists to secure and maintain an optimal level of prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

4. Prevent with continuity and stability
– Do always have a plan known by the employees for screening of all patients. Continuous routines with daily dialogue in and across all departments ensure stability and allows correction of prevention methods and treatment in time. Effective prevention can decrease the number of pressure ulcers significantly.

5. Reassess risk when changes occur
– Always reassess the risk of pressure ulcers when observing changes in the patient’s functionality or nutritional status.

If any questions occur regarding the five tips or prevention and treating of pressure ulcers in general, you are most welcome to contact us. You can find our contact details here.

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