Pressure ulcers present a real problem in almost all healthcare environments, impacting both resource and budgets. According to figures released as part of the NHS’ national Stop the Pressure Campaign, each pressure ulcer adds additional care costs of more than £4,000.
However, most pressure ulcers are preventable providing you are adequately equipped to prevent and identify the condition early on
Improve your chances of administering the best level of care within budget by asking yourself the following four questions next time you procure your pressure care products:
QUESTION 1: Do you need prevention or cure?
Do your patients need prevention or cure for ulcers? Prevention is cheaper and better than cure. The main thing care professionals should look for is the prevention of continuous pressure on any given areas for any projected length of time.
QUESTION 2: What’s the bigger picture?
Many care practitioners mistakenly believe pressure relieving products can single-handedly prevent or cure a pressure ulcer. However, pressure relieving products should only be considered as tools that are part of an overall care plan that covers other key factors such as the need for mobility, turning and nutritional requirements.
QUESTION 3: Are ‘entry level’ products suitable?
Failing to align the risk level with the right product – some practitioners procure more expensive products that are better suited to help patients with high risk, grade 3 or 4 ulcers when in fact there are ‘entry level’ products on the market are cost effective and do an equally good job.
QUESTION 5: What are the latest pressure care advances?
The NHS does supply a range of pressure relieving products, ranging from mattresses to more specific products to protect particular areas of boney prominence. However, many different dynamic and static mattresses, dynamic and static cushions and specific pads for different areas of the body, also exist.
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In the meantime, why not check out our blog, ‘Combi-gate: The future of safe patient handling.’