THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A LOCAL STRATEGY TO INCREASE THE ACCURACY OF PRESSURE ULCER CLASSIFICATION: THE PRESSURE ULCER GUIDANCE (PUG) TOOL.
The Trust Tissue Viability service consistently, on a daily basis received referrals requesting a clinical review for pressure ulcer verification. It was apparent that classification skills amongst adult nursing staff within our organisation were poor. Distinguishing between the various pressure ulcer stages and differentiating ‘superficial’ pressure ulcers from moisture lesions was problematic, often leading to inaccurate reporting and inappropriate management. This poster describes the development and implementation of a local pressure ulcer guidance tool and supporting poster, designed to educate nursing staff and so overcome these difficulties.