Pressure-ulcer management and prevention in acute and primary care

Roger Newham, Lynne Hudgell

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This article describes a study to ascertain what it is like to follow the processes in practice for prevention and management of pressure ulcers as one aspect of care among others. The participants in this study were bands 5 and 6 staff nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs) (n=72) recruited from two acute and two primary NHS trusts. Data were gathered from open-ended questions via an online survey (n=61) and interviews (n=11). The interviews were transcribed and all the data were analysed by thematic analysis. The findings show that participants believe there has been a high-profile imposition of guidelines and policies by management during at least the past 18 months, resulting in perceived good outcomes in the form of fewer pressure ulcers generally and less fragmentation of care, particularly within primary care. However, a number of perceived obstacles to the implementation of recommended interventions remain, notably lack of time and lack of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S4-S11
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue numberSup6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2015


  • pressure ulcers
  • process
  • imposition
  • motivation


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