Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Over 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers in the UK each year. The total cost of treatment to the NHS is estimated to be £1.4-£2.1 billion annually, comprising 4% of total NHS expenditure1.

In England, Safety Thermometer reports that the proportion of all patients with Category II to IV pressure ulcers of any origin has reduced from over 6% in 2012 to 4.6% in March 2016. This is a positive sign that the focus on pressure ulcer prevention – and a zero tolerance approach in hospitals – is working2.

There is significant human suffering involved for people living with pressure ulcers. The impact on human life can often be fatal, with a two to four-fold increase in the death rate of older people in ICUs reported3. The scale of the human and service costs continue to highlight the importance of pressure ulcer prevention.

Medstrom are fully committed to providing effective products, an efficient service and good clinical support to assist trusts to achieve their goal of 100% prevention of avoidable pressure ulcers.

Our support surfaces offer protection for all levels of risk up to the treatment of wounds in the most complex of patients.

1. Bennett G et al. The cost of pressure ulcers in the UK. Age and Aging, 2004. 33:230-2

2. NHS Safety Thermometer

3. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg179/documents/pressure-ulcers-scope2

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