Wound EssentialsWound Essentials 12 (1) appropriate seating solutions for pressure ulcer prevention

Wound Essentials 12 (1) appropriate seating solutions for pressure ulcer prevention

Assessment and diagnosis, Pressure Ulcers | Jacqui Fletcher

The prevention of pressure ulcers should be a 24-hour concern. Much attention is usually paid to the support surface a patient or individual has on the bed, and how often and into what position they are repositioned to prevent skin damage occurring. However, for many people, significant proportions of the day are spent sat out of the bed and in some form of chair whether that be a standard hospital armchair, an armchair or sofa in the home environment, a work chair or a car (or other form of transport) seat. The selection of appropriate seating should also consider time sat on toilets, commodes or bed pans, as this significantly increases the risk of pressure ulcers occurring even if only used for a short time due to the hard nature of the materials used and the smaller surface supporting the patient’s weight (Lustig et al, 2017).