Pressure ulcer definitions and core curricula—how does this affect wound care and the older patient?

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Abstract

Chronic wounds are associated with a significant patient, healthcare and financial burden and can have extensive implications for healthcare. Age is a significant risk factor for developing chronic wounds due to the physical changes in skin integrity that is associated with age and several age-related complex comorbidities including poor nutrition and mobility, which make them more common in this patient group. Pressure ulcers (PU) are a common type of chronic wound that can have a substantial impact on health-related quality of life and patient outcomes. Understanding the extent of PU harm is problematic due to discrepancies in the definition, recording and reporting of PU on both a local and national level. Education and training are central to ensuring the risk factors associated with PU development are recognised and a consistent and coherent structure to the definition, measurement and reporting of PUs across the NHS is developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S6-S12
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Volume23
Issue number12
Early online date6 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018

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Pressure Ulcer
Patient Care
Wounds and Injuries
Delivery of Health Care
Comorbidity
Quality of Life
Education
Skin

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