NewsStandardised pressure ulcer reporting consensus to be launched at conference

Standardised pressure ulcer reporting consensus to be launched at conference

Pressure Ulcers, Societies

Standardised pressure ulcer reporting consensus to be launched at conferenceA consensus document on standardising pressure ulcer reporting, that begun at the 2011 Tissue Viability Society Conference, will be officially launched at this year’s event in Kettering.

Achieving consensus in pressure ulcer reporting, will be introduced on 18 and 19 April, with the participation of Dr David Foster, the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.  

'There is no national standardised data set for pressure ulcer reporting, which means that the data that we have on pressure ulcers in this country has little value,' said Tina Chambers, a clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability and co-chair of the Tissue Viability Society Pressure Ulcer Working Group.

The aim will be to eventually answer questions, such as:

  • How many cases of pressure ulcers are there in the UK?
  • Can we compare their incidence across the country?
  • How many of them are avoidable?

'A national standard will really help us to raise our game in pressure ulcer treatment and prevention and I urge all those committed to this field to come to our conference, discuss the issues with us and take part in this important launch,' said co-chair Dr Carol Dealey.

For more information on the Tissue Viability Society, go to www.tvs.org.uk. To find out about its 2012 conference, please go to www.tvsconference.org.

 

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