Seating Guidelines – Understanding the association between pressure ulcers and sitting in adults what does it mean for me and my carers?

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February 2018
Carol Bartley, Melanie Stephens
Pressure Ulcers
Content type
Online Article


The aim of the publication was to develop a practical guide for people, carers and health and social care professionals on how the research and evidence base on pressure ulcer prevention and management can be applied to those who remain seated for extended periods of time. This publication was developed at the request of the Tissue Viability Society in order to revise the original seating guidelines from 2008 as evidence and subsequent care has moved forward in relation to this area. Since 2008, the costs for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers have increased significantly and there is limited published advice from health and social care organisations on seating and preventing pressure ulcers. These guidelines have been written for:

  • People
  • Carers
  • Health and Social Care professionals
  • Education and training staff
  • Independent sector
  • Who live or work in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings.