Tissue viability in care agencies

Tissue viability in care agencies

Maintaining skin health is an important part of good standards of care in health and social care settings.

When skin breaks there is pain, discomfort and loss of function which can lead to more serious risk of harm and infection, so prevention of damage is an everyday concern for care agencies.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitors standards in care agencies. The CQC uses its essential standards to guide its inspections; outcome 20 refers to skin care.

Care agencies have a duty to escalate pressure ulcers to relevant healthcare professionals, e.g. district nurse or GP. Please ask your manager for your agencies escalation process.

If you are experiencing difficulties escalating your concern, please contact the CCG HCAI team on 01769 575161.

The CCG monitors published CQC reports and may offer support or guidance to help resolve issues.

Below you will find more information to assist you with this task.

Moisture Lesion or Pressure Ulcer?

This is a useful tool designed to help distinguish between moisture lesions and pressure ulcers. It was created in Worcestershire and has been shown to be effective in studies there.
Moisture Lesion or Pressure Ulcer

Useful links

Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI) framework and policy The 5 key messages to prevent pressure ulcers- educational video DCC Community Equipment Service Catalogue - Pressure Care section 'Stop the Pressure' campaign to prevent pressure ulcers 'Your Turn' campaign Wounds UK Wounds International Venous leg ulcers - Royal College of Nursing Wound Care Societies

Useful documents

Pressure ulcers - leaflet for patients and health professionals 'Your Turn' poster/leaflet The 'touch your toes' test Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

For further resources, guidance and information, please click the below link
National guidance, information and publications

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