Pressure Ulcers/Injuries

What is a pressure ulcer and how do they occur?

Pressure ulcers are one of the most common healthcare injuries and cause a great deal of suffering to those affected.

Caring for people with pressure ulcers represents a challenge to the health service in the shape of increased time and costs.

Most pressure ulcers can be prevented by early identification and the implementation of selective medical and nursing measures. Such measures can include, for example, movement, pressure equalization, pressure relief, and positioning. 

We have knowledge about pressure ulcers, for both healthcare professionals who work with patients and decision-makers who need information on resource optimization and health economics. 

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Used mattresses can create suffering and increased costs

The purpose of a mattress inventory is to shed light on the status of the mattress stock and to create an action plan on how the handling of mattresses should be planned. By conducting regular mattress inventories, you can plan purchases and services in order for the organization to efficiently plan its operations.

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To prevent pressure ulcers

Understanding the underlying causes of a pressure ulcer is an important part of taking appropriate steps to prevent an injury from occurring. A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin or underlying tissue(1) that occurs as a result of cell deformation and/or ischemia(2).

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(1) Socialstyrelsen – Trycksår (2022) https://patientsakerhet.socialstyrelsen.se/risker-och-vardskador/vardskador/trycksar/ Hämtad 230426
(2) European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline. The international Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019