A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION
Introduction Preventing pressure ulcers occurring within NHS care is an ongoing target*. In addition to this, Lord Carter of Coles’ report** requires organisations to revisit and review the processes of care delivery, acknowledging the need to do more with less money, fewer staff and reduced physical resources. It was fi rst put forward in Five Year Forward View (NHS England et al, 2014) that high-quality care is intimately related to the better use of resources (including staff and equipment), resulting in a better patient experience and ultimately better outcomes. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley, with two acute hospitals and services in a number of community hospitals. Reviewing the approach to PU prevention, particularly with consideration to strategic imperatives, the Trust adopted a holistic approach to pressure ulcer prevention, developing and implementing a new pressure care protocol supported by a comprehensive education campaign and the installation of innovative, clinically proven pressure care equipment.