Pressure Ulcer Prevalence and Quality of Care Audit - Cohort 1: Overall report

John Stephenson, Jacqui Fletcher

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This study documents the first phase of a national audit of pressure ulcer incidence in NHS Trusts. In total, 6039 patients from 23 hospitals representing 13 NHS Trusts were included in the audit. The number of patients with 1 or more pressure ulcers (PUs), excluding MASDs, was 617.Hence the overall prevalence of PUs recorded, in terms or proportion of patients with 1 or more PUs, was 10.2% (95% confidence interval (CI) 9.45% to 11.0%). Individual Trust proportions range from 3.90% (Trust 1) to 21.2% (Trust 13). Excluding MASDs, the total number of PUs observed was 737 (some patients had more than 1 PU). Key elements of the aSSKINg bundle were measured 73.2% had risk assessment completed within 6 hours, 82.2% had a care plan in place but only 49.8% had a planned repositioning regimen in place. A variety of risk assessment tools were in use with Waterlow being the most common (59.4%), Braden the 2nd (22%) and PURPOSE T the 3rd most popular (15.7%).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


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