WATERLOW PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION / TREATMENT POLICY

  • Identifying individuals ‘at risk’
  • Assessing an individual’s risk of developing pressure ulcers should involve both informal and formal assessment procedures.
  • Risk assessment should be carried out by personnel who have undergone appropriate and adequate

training to recognise the risk factors that contribute to the development of pressure ulcers and how to initiate and maintain correct and suitable preventive measures.

  • The timing of risk assessment should be based on each individual case.However, it should take place in under six hours of the start of admission to the episode of care.
  • If considered not at risk on initial assessment, reassessment should occur if there is a change in an individual’s condition.
  • All formal assessments of risk should be documented/recorded and made accessible to all members of the inter-disciplinary team.
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Pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention
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+Quick reference guide and summary of recommendations
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