Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with recognising the risk factors for and the subsequent prevention of pressure ulcers and raise awareness of best practice regarding the management of pressure ulcers to promote healing.

To promote the safety and well-being of all patients who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Give a definition of a pressure ulcer
  • Identify pressure ulcer causes and risk factors
  • Describe the anatomy of the skin
  • Discuss which areas of the body are liable to pressure injuries
  • Identify the difference between a moisture lesion and a pressure ulcer
  • Describe what is meant by a ‘Waterlow Score’
  • Explain the defined grades of pressure ulcers
  • Discuss what is meant by ‘SSKIN’ and how this applies to preventing pressure ulcers occurring
  • Explain the key aspects related to the management of a pressure ulcer in order to promote healing
  • Identify potential equipment that can help to prevent pressure ulcers


Course content

  • Setting the scene
  • Terms
  • Costs – human and financial
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Pressure ulcers – contributing factors/risks
  • Pressure
  • Pressure points
  • Shear
  • Friction
  • Healthy tissue
  • European Ulcer Advisory Panel Grading System
  • Pressure ulcers Grades 1-4
  • Moistures lesion
  • Treatment costs
  • Unstageable pressure ulcers
  • Risk assessment
  • Waterlow score
  • “Stop the Pressure” and “React to Red”
    • Surface
    • Skin Inspection
    • Keep moving
    • Incontinence/Moisture
    • Nutrition/Hydration
  • Skin care tips
  • Aids NOT recommended
  • Management of pressure ulcers
  • Principles of wound healing
  • Nutrition
  • Wound bed preparation
  • Changing dressings
  • Monitoring – PUSH tool
  • Summary


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264
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