They are sometimes known as "bedsores" or "pressure sores".
Pressure ulcers can develop when a large amount of pressure is applied to an area of skin over a short period of time. They can also occur when less pressure is applied over a longer period of time.
Pressure ulcers tend to affect people with health conditions that make it difficult to move, especially those confined to lying in a bed or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Does this equipment look familiar? Has your relative been given this to reduce the risk of pressure damage?
Investigation of a pressure ulcer incident
A patient was under the care of the district nurses and was identified as being at a high risk of developing a pressure ulcer. This patient lived at home with her husband and was supported by carers and she had been provided with high grade pressure relieving equipment which prevented pressure sore development at home.
The patient went into respite care in a residential care home and whilst there the patient developed a grade 3 pressure ulcer.
Following investigation it was identified that the lady did not take her pressure relieving equipment with her to the care home.
Develop robust communication systems between healthcare staff, patient, relatives, care homes and social care to ensure respite plans are shared with all people involved in the patients care
Raise patient and family awareness to ensure they alert community staff if patient going to respite to enable the provision of appropriate equipment to be provided for respite care