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RCN-Accredited Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Training

Posted on February 21st 2018

With pressure ulcers now estimated to cost the NHS between £1.4 - £2.1 billion every year, representing some 4% of total NHS expenditure, efforts to reduce prevalence and improve tissue viability are now being given increased priority.

RCN accredited training from Drive DeVilbiss

To support these efforts, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare is offering an RCN-accredited training course designed to provide up to date information and guidance to staff involved in pressure ulcer prevention and management across all health and social care settings. Delivered on site by experienced qualified trainers, the Drive DeVilbiss course can in certain cases be provided totally free of charge to NHS personnel.

The course offers:

  • A workshop CPD activity
  • Tailored to provide clinical staff across acute, secondary and community settings with the knowledge and skills to correctly identify individuals at risk from pressure ulcer development
  • Topics include how to assess the skin, how to categorise ulcers and the correct interventions to minimise risk

Pressure ulcers can be life threatening. They can lead to severe disabilities and even amputation, infection and osteomyelitis. A significant proportion of the cost entailed is nurse time, with extended hospital stays, surgical interventions and prolonged immobility.

Important key learning outcomes

At present, pressure ulcer prevention and management is not a mandatory training programme, and this short and accessible course addresses the gap in training provision. Key learning outcomes include identification of patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer, recognising the category of a pressure ulcer using EPUAP classification tool, understanding how to assess patients at risk and implementing pressure ulcer prevention and management plans.

With pressure ulcers now estimated to cost the NHS between £1.4 - £2.1 billion every year, representing some 4% of total NHS expenditure, efforts to reduce prevalence and improve tissue viability are now being given increased priority.

To support these efforts, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare is offering an RCN-accredited training course designed to provide up to date information and guidance to staff involved in pressure ulcer prevention and management across all health and social care settings. Delivered on site by experienced qualified trainers, the Drive DeVilbiss course can in certain cases be provided totally free of charge to NHS personnel.

It takes the form of a workshop CPD activity tailored to provide clinical staff across acute, secondary and community settings with the knowledge and skills to correctly identify individuals at risk from pressure ulcer development. This includes how to assess the skin, how to categorise ulcers and the correct interventions to minimise risk.

Pressure ulcers can be life threatening. They can lead to severe disabilities and even amputation, infection and osteomyelitis. A significant proportion of the cost entailed is nurse time, with extended hospital stays, surgical interventions and prolonged immobility.

At present, pressure ulcer prevention and management is not a mandatory training programme, and this short and accessible course addresses the gap in training provision. Key learning outcomes include identification of patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer, recognising the category of a pressure ulcer using EPUAP classification tool, understanding how to assess patients at risk and implementing pressure ulcer prevention and management plans.

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RCN-Accredited Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Training