Risk assessment enables the correct and suitable preventative methods to be initiated and maintained

Risk assessment enables the correct and suitable preventative methods to be initiated and maintained. Early recognition of people who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers is an essential part of prevention. All individuals ‘at risk’, or with existing pressure ulcers should be assessed within the first few hours of admission and reviewed on a regular basis throughout their stay. When an individual isn’t assessed correctly and they are given let’s say the wrong mattress and aren’t positioned regularly it only take a number of hours before the individual skin will begin to breakdown and create a pressure ulcer, the same is true if an individual’s condition changes and it hasn’t been reported so that the individual can be reassessed again. It will only take a few hours before a pressure ulcer is formed and more energy and time will have to be put in to treat the ulcer then how much time it would have taken to use preventative actions in the first place. Those individuals considered ‘at risk’, or those with pressure ulcers, must receive appropriate interventions as a grade 2 pressure ulcer is reportable to CQC and could put your care setting at risk of closure or in danger of investigation. An avoidable pressure ulcer is one that occurs when risk assessments, preventive actions and continued re-evaluations have not been implemented. Risk assessments must be regularly reviewed and revised as changes within the individual’s physical or mental condition can lead to an increased risk of pressure ulcer development.

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