STOP Pressure Ulcer Day – 21st November 2013

Pressure ulcers are a serious, painful and distressing problem that pose a considerable economic burden on the health service, yet the overwhelming majority are preventable. Worldwide STOP Pressure Ulcer Day was created to raise awareness of pressure ulcers among the public, medical professionals and policy makers.

This year’s pressure ulcer day will take place on Thursday November 21st and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) would like you to join in.

Everyone is invited to take part and share with others what they are doing to publicise the day. Here is what a few TVS Trustees are planning in their areas:
  • In Tower Hamlets, Accelerate CIC will be providing bite-sized education events across the London borough and will be handing out Stop the Pressure badges (“We are Stopping Pressure, Are You?”) and credit-card sized reminders with key SSKIN information, which fit into lanyards .
  • At Leeds General Infirmary there will be ward focussed events with sticker badges for all staff, EPUAP posters on all the wards and internal communications messages asking everyone from doctors to porters to get involved. The TV team are also hoping to have T-shirts and do ward walks.
  • Oxford University Hospitals will be supporting the day in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust with the Healthbus parked outside the OUH main site to attract staff, carers and the public. Small educational sessions will also take place around the Trust.
To support PU day, the EPUAP has a range of free resources to download and print. Along with the STOP Pressure Ulcer logos, there is a poster, a fact sheet and a guide for patients, their families and carers. All are available in a variety of formats and anyone is welcome to use the material. Please see http://www.epuap.org/stop-pressure-ulcer-day/ for more information.
The EPUAP would also like organisations and individuals to join the conversation by following @StopPUday2013. See Twitter http://www.twitter.com/StopPUday2013 and use the hashtag #StopPUday2013.
Join in worldwide STOP Pressure Ulcer Day to help improve the quality of care and alleviate the situation of many patients burdened by this preventable problem.