Procedures needed in A&E to prevent pressure ulcers in older patients
In a recent study of a French accident and emergency department (A&E) it was found that elderly patients often have to wait long periods of time before getting treatment and, therefore, are at high-risk of developing pressure ulcers in a matter of hours.
The average number of hours a patient usually stays in A&E is eight, but in 10% of cases, this can exceed 24 hours, especially for those aged 75 years and older.
The study recommends that standard and routine staff prevention procedures, such as repositioning and using pressure-relieving devices, should be instituted for patients waiting in A&E. Staff should be more aware of the risks involved for everyone, but especially older patients.
To read the study, click here.
Image: Waiting room. Credit: termie on Flickr.