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Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes

The Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes improvement programme was established in May 2016 in order to support the Scottish Government to achieve its ambitious aim to reduce pressure ulcers across all care settings by 50%, by December 2017. The improvement programme was a joint initiative with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), Scottish Care and the Care Inspectorate, aiming to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes in particular.

The programme ran from May 2016 until December 2017. Residential and nursing care homes from different sectors – private, local authorities, NHS – took part in the programme.

As part of the Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes improvement programme, resources were developed and tested, that help to reduce pressure ulcers. You can find them and more on our resources for professionals’ page.

Why did we work with Care Homes?

Older people living in care homes have a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers. This is not because care homes are bad, but because care home residents are already generally more vulnerable. Pressure ulcers are an unwanted complication of illness, severe physical disability or increasing frailty.
Around 412,000 people in the UK each year are likely to develop a new pressure ulcer. That’s one in every 150 of the general population, and one in 23 of the population over 65.

A culture of improvement is developing in care homes and this programme supported care homes across Scotland to make sure they are doing all they can to reduce pressure ulcers.

Click here to view the presentation from a celebratory event about the programme held on 15 November 2017.