The importance of a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention programme
Your pressure ulcer prevention protocol is already robust and includes key elements such as risk assessment, regular positioning, selecting appropriate pressure redistribution and support surfaces, but an emerging strategy is to add to this programme utilising protective dressing such as Mepilex® Border as part of the prevention programme.
Read more in the consensus statement which you can download here.
Mepilex Border Heel Application Guide
Mepilex Border Sacrum Application Guide
A pressure ulcer may be defined as a “localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear. A number of contributing or confounding factors are also associated with pressure ulcers; the significance of these factors has yet to be elucidated1”.
Prevalence and incidence are well reported in the literature and vary according to care specialty; for example, it is often reported to be higher in specific specialties such as critical care or elderly care, with the sacrum and heel the most commonly affected body locations.
Apart from causing pain and distress for your patient, pressure ulcers also place a major burden on healthcare systems worldwide, through increased needs for nursing time, hospitalisation, consumables and pharmaceuticals. For example the annual cost of pressure ulceration in the UK National Health Service is estimated at £1.4–£2.1 billion annually, which is 4 % of the service’s total expenditure15.
Paying close attention to the actual challenges for healthcare professionals, we have implemented a comprehensive therapeutic approach to pressure ulcer prevention– ranging from listening too health care professionals and instigating discussions and education opportunities, to performing research and developing state of the art products. Mepilex Border is one of the products that are widely used to treat and prevent pressure ulcers today.