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Providing support for carers in preventing pressure ulceration

3rd May 2016

Preventing pressure ulcers is essential for both the patient and the NHS, as failing to do so results in considerable pain and discomfort to the individual, delayed discharge, higher treatment costs and the threat of legal action. In this article however, Diane Cuff will consider the costs to the family, in particular the carers, and the key role they play in preventing pressure ulcers within the home. To help illustrate these issues, she focuses on the experiences of one family carer and the questions this case raises for community care and carer support.

During the course of my work I am often left wondering whether enough is being done to help family members become valued partners in preventing pressures ulcers, or even if the cost to carersí and family membersí health is properly recognised. I hope this small piece goes some way to highlighting the pressure carers are under out there in the community.

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