International Guidelines. Pressure ulcer prevention: prevalence and incidence in context. A consensus document
This document is of interest to all those involved in the field of pressure ulcers, including those who deliver healthcare, conduct research and develop policy.
Pressure ulcers present a major health challenge worldwide. Studies that examine pressure ulcer occurrence have become of increasing interest in the drive to reduce the number of patients affected. However, quantifying pressure ulceration is complex and variations in the type of data collected and methods used during collection make valid study comparisons difficult.
This consensus document has been developed following a meeting of an international group of experts in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. It is of interest to all those involved in the field of pressure ulcers, including those who deliver healthcare, conduct research and develop policy. The principles presented provide guidance on performing prevalence and incidence studies and how to use data collected to improve standards of care. It is hoped that the document will contribute to accurate, standardised data collection and valid interpretation, and will ultimately reduce rates of pressure ulceration worldwide.
This consensus paper has been made possible through the financial support of KCI Europe Holding BV