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Pressure ulcers cost the NHS £3.8 million daily1. They remain to be one of the top three burdensome harms1 and are in the ‘top ten harms’ in the NHS in England2.

We are living longer, with more complex healthcare needs and it is estimated by 2050, the number of people aged 80 years or older will have tripled to reach 426 million3.

It’s a well known fact that prevention is better than cure. All patients at risk of sustaining pressure damage should be assessed and supported with appropriate pressure-reducing strategies4.

Providing the right support surface at the right time, keeping pressure lower for longer, can help to prevent pressure ulcers from developing. At Essential Healthcare we have several solutions to suit the needs and requirements of your patients.

Foam Surfaces

Pressure redistribution through immersion and envelopment.

Dynamic Surfaces

Pressure redistribution through alternating low pressure and continuous low pressure therapies.

Hybrid Surfaces

A range of hybrid surfaces for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, for patients identified as being up to high risk.

Improving patient safety and comfort has never been more important!

References:

  1. Stephenson, J. Fletcher, J (2020) NHS England/Improvement National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence and Quality of Care Audit – Cohorts 1 and 2 National Stop the Pressure Programme Audit Report available at: https://www.nationalwoundcarestrategy.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PU-audit-final.pdf
  2. Fletcher J (2022) National Wound Care Strategy update: Pressure ulcers prevention and the PSIRF exemplar available at: https://www.wounds-uk.com/journals/issue/666/article-details/national-woundcare-strategy-update-pressure-ulcers-prevention-and-psirf-exemplar
  3. World Health Organisation (2022) Ageing and Health available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health#
  4. BMJ Best Practice Pressure Ulcer available at: https://bestpractice.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/378#.