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Our Trust Supports Stop the Pressure Day

Published: 16/11/2016

Thursday 17 November 2016 marks ‘Stop The Pressure Day’, an international awareness day that aims to raise awareness of how to prevent pressure damage from occurring. The day was organised by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP).

A pressure ulcer is a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue – or sometimes both – that is often over a bony prominence. They occur as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear.

As part of ‘Stop The Pressure Day’, Jodie Jordan, Tissue Viability and Continence Advisor at the Trust, is holding a drop in day at the Trust’s Juniper Centre in Moseley for staff so they can find out more about the prevention of pressure ulcers.

Within the Trust’s dementia services there is a high awareness of the importance of preventing pressure ulcers, and Jodie is keen for this level of awareness to spread to all areas of the Trust. Trust staff conduct risk assessments for all inpatients upon admission in relation to pressure damage, and overall the Trust has a low number of pressure damage incidents.

Jodie said: ‘The key message for the day is that we need to recognise which of our service users are at risk of pressure damage and ensuring steps are put in place to prevent damage occurring. Early inspection means early detection and this is an essential part of the prevention of pressure ulcers.’

For more information about the day and for resources that can be used please visit: www.epuap.org/stop-pressure-ulcer-day