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Who takes care of pressure ulcers?

In the prevention and management of pressure ulcers, who takes responsibility for this in a  care home ? Is this primarily a nurse's responsibility? What role/responsibility would operations and management have in this?

 

Dear Amy,

 

There are two aspects to your question.

 

The first relates to the training and awareness of the prevention of pressure sores for staff in a care home.

 

In some areas there is a prevention and treatment awareness nurse who is able to work with care homes.

 

If there isn't one in your area, then it is the responsibility of the care home to provide prevention of and awareness training for all care staff.

 

The second aspect is if one of your service users has a pressure sore then it is the responsibility of health to arrange the appropriate treatment.

 

This will be done by the GP who will usually arrange for community nurses to carry out the treatment of a pressure sore but in some areas the GP may be in a position to arrange for the involvement of a specialist NHS pressure sore adviser.

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

Best wishes.

 

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.






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