We want to thank everyone who supported
International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

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 2018, International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day, we launched a campaign with 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.

Social media resources

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:

  • Proud to help #StopThePressure with @NHSImprovement. I’m wearing a red dot to increase awareness around pressure ulcers, which can be painful and damaging, and can be prevented. Join me? #StopThePressureDay

  • Are you asking the right questions about preventing pressure ulcers? Wear a red dot on #StopThePressureDay to start the conversation. #StopThePressure

  • Today is #StopThePressureDay. Please wear a red dot and show your support for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Let’s work together to improve the experience for our patients. #StopThePressure

Use these images if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.


Red Dot social media button

Facebook

Red Dot social media images

Use this image if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Facebook page

Red Dot social media button

Twitter

Red Dot social media images

Use this image if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Twitter page

Red Dot social media button

Instagram

Red Dot social media images

Use this image if you want to share the campaign on your organisation’s Instagram page

Fact sheet

Download the aSSKINg About Pressure Ulcers fact sheet to help start a conversation about how we can prevent pressure ulcers.

Download

Campaign call to action messages for healthcare professionals:

  • Wear a red dot to show you care about pressure ulcer prevention.

  • Pressure ulcers can be painful and distressing for patients and they are largely preventable. We are still seeing more than 1300 new pressure ulcers a month and treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS approx. £1.4 million every day.

  • Wear a “red dot” anywhere on your body a pressure ulcer may appear. The red dot is a simple symbol that we hope will bring attention to the impact of pressure ulcers and enables us to continue the conversation around prevention.

  • Use your red dot to have a conversation about the clinical “aSSKINg” framework for pressure ulcer prevention and share this info with other healthcare professionals, and patients and their families.

  • Let’s get aSSKINg the right questions and Stop The Pressure!


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