Pressure ulcers can affect anyone from newborns to those at the end of life. They can cause significant pain and distress for patients. They can contribute to longer stays in hospital, increasing the risk of complications, including infection and they also cost the NHS in the region of more than £1.4 million every day. And most are preventable.
On November 15th, International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day, we are launching a campaign with some brilliant tissue viability nurses, to increase healthcare professional and public awareness about the damaging impact of pressure ulcers, as part of NHS Improvement’s Stop The Pressure work.
Using the simple symbol of a red dot, we want to bring visibility to the importance of preventing pressure ulcers. And get people aSSKINg about how they can help, using the clinical “aSSKINg” framework to guide their approach to prevention.
And we need your help! Here are some campaign resources you can download to help support the campaign on November 15th and throughout the winter.
We have produced some social media resources to help you spread the campaign as far and wide as you can.
You can tailor these messages to share your support across social media:
Use these images if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.
Use this image if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Facebook page
Download the aSSKINg About Pressure Ulcers fact sheet to help start a conversation about how we can prevent pressure ulcers.Download