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The emergency department’s response to pressure ulcer crisis

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The emergency department’s response to pressure ulcer crisis

Caroline Dowsett, Charlie Kingdon-Wells, Helen Pope, Susannah Faulkner
1 July 2015

Traditionally, emergency departments (EDs) provide initial lifesaving treatments, but basic patient care is not always a priority. Aims of the authors’ ED were to gain 100% completion of the Exeter Pressure Risk Assessment Tool — a tool designed to prevent tissue damage during a patient’s stay in ED — and ensure that every patient has the pressure-relieving equipment they require while they are in the ED. Over the past 18 months, there has been a massive change in attitude and culture towards caring for patients’ skin within the authors’ ED.

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