Tissue viability in general practice

Tissue viability in general practice

The assessment and evidence based treatment of wounds, and 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, rapid assessment and effective treatment is an everyday concern for general practice.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitors standards in general practice and uses its essential standards guide to do this.

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. 

CPD module- Tissue Viability

This is a Tissue Viability module run by the University of Plymouth, with study days all taking place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The total cost is £200.
Tissue Viability Module poster

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 documents and links

Devon and Cornwall Practice Nursing- a site developed to support General Practice Nursing Teams Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI) framework and policy My Diabetes My Way- a patient resource with useful resources including foot care Simplifying venous leg ulcer management 'Your Turn' campaign 'Your Turn' poster/leaflet Pressure ulcers leaflet for patients and health professionals The 'touch your toes' test Principles of compression in venous disease: a practitioner’s guide to treatment and prevention of venous leg ulcers Wounds UK Wounds International Venous leg ulcers - Royal College of Nursing FRAME- Diabetic Foot Assessment e-learning (for annual checks) Wound Care Societies Lipoedema eLearning course (requires RCGP login) Lipoedema learning podcast
For further resources, guidance and information, please click the below link
National guidance, information and publications

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