Pressure ulcer prevention and appropriate management remains a very important issue for all practitioners, regardless of the healthcare setting in which they work. This is due to:
· Recent international and political focus, primarily stimulated by the associated costs and resource utilisation
· The enormous effects that the development of a pressure ulcer can have on an individual patient’s health-related quality of life (HRQoL),
their family/caregiver and the wider community.
Hydrocolloid dressings can be considered for both prevention and management of patients with at-risk skin or with an already developed pressure ulcer.
Pressure ulcer prevention
Risk assessment and documentation are an important part of pressure ulcer management and help to identify and protect patients with at-risk skin from developing a pressure ulcer.