What makes babies and children so much at risk of pressure ulcers?

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In these tiny premature babies the fight is to keep them alive, they are surrounded by devices whose sole purpose is to do just that, yet the device may be the cause of harm to the baby. The same is true for children with chronic (often life limiting) diseases.

Discussion points

  • How can we ensure that every contact counts to maintain quality of life and prevent pressure ulcers occurring in this vulnerable population?
  • What are the challenges as children begin to grow and develop in the home setting, are the contacts the same or do they change?
  • How aware are the family of the risk and as their child reaches the rebellious teenage years what compromises might be need to help engage them in their preventative care?


  • Dr Jeannie Donnelly, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust & School of Nursing, Queens University Belfast (SoTV Vice Chair)
  • Sarah Gardner, Independent Tissue Viability Consultant, Wound Matters (SoTV Chair & Moderator)
  • Sarah Sharpe, Community Children’s Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Sharon Doyle, Support & Development Worker, SHINE Charity
  • Brenda McCann & Kathryn McCullagh, Regional Neonatal Unit, Belfast H&SC Trust
  • Claire Gardiner, Paediatric Tissue Viability Nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Sue Flavin, Clinical Nurse Specialist, PUPIS, Swansea Bay University Health Board