It is the responsibility of the employer to provide training to their employees in relation to pressure care. NICE guidelines have highlighted the importance of educating and training individuals who are in the caring profession and who are regularly caring for patients who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Training programs should include:
Once a carer has had all the training they need and are educated well enough in pressure ulcer care, it then becomes their responsibility to ensure they are providing a high quality of care in this area.
There are many various ways in which carers are able to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers occurring:
Senior clinical nutritionist Rosalyn Tarrent states that:
The nutritional needs of people with pressure ulcers are very high and they may need extra protein, calories and vitamins and minerals to help their wounds heal.4
Some patients rely solely upon their carers to provide them with the care they need in order to live their lives free from the pain that pressure ulcers bring, it is for reasons such as this that it is important to ensure all carers are provided with the appropriate resources which will help them to provide a quality of care which will benefit both themselves and the patient.
1 NHS (2016) Pressure Ulcers: Advice for patients and carers [online] Available at: http://www.hrch.nhs.uk/patients/pressure-ulcers/ [Accessed 08/112016]
2 NICE (2014) The NICE way to stop the pressure [online] Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/blog/the-nice-way-to-stop-the-pressure [Accessed 08/11/2016]
³ NHS (2015) Information for patients and carers; Pressure ulcer prevention [online] Available at: http://www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk/dl/11557_6710263374.pdf/as/Pressure%20Ulcer%20Prevention.pdf [Accessed 08/11/2016]
⁴ Green. S et al (2002) Nutrition and nurse education Nursing Times 98: 34 59 [online] Available at http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-zones/nutrition/nutrition-and-nurse-education/206437.article [Accessed 08/11/2016]
About the author – Ray Booth
Ray Booth is Research & Innovation Director at Select Medical. He has been involved in the pressure care equipment industry for over 20 years. In that time he has created a wide range of well-designed alternating air pressure mattress systems for use in hospital, hospice and community healthcare sectors.