Course Description

Pressure ulcers are an injury that breaks down the skin and underlying tissue. They are caused when an area of skin is placed under pressure. They are sometimes known as ‘bedsores’ or ‘pressure sores.

Having a pressure ulcer can be a painful and unpleasant experience. A large number of pressure ulcers are believed to be preventable and the daily costs of treating a pressure ulcer are estimated to range from £43 to £374.

Tissue viability is a growing speciality that primarily considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds, including acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration. The aim of our Pressure Area Care & Tissue Viability is to improve the learners’ knowledge and awareness of core tissue viability principles, including the prevention of pressure ulcers. The course considers measures to prevent pressure area wound development, the different types of pressure area wounds and best practise when managing wounds.

This course should be completed by those who work in health and social care services, including RGN’s who may need to update their skill and knowledge on the topics of pressure area care and tissue viability (prevention and management of wounds) including aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds.

Caregivers need to understand the core principles of pressure ulcer prevention in order to prevent insults to the skin and underlying tissues and facilitating healing in wounds where a complication has prevented the normal healing process.

Learning Outcomes

After this half-day course staff will be able to:

  • Define pressure ulcer and tissue viability
  • Know the structure of the skin and understand its functions
  • Identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer
  • Recognise the grade of a pressure ulcer using the EPUAP classification tool
  • Identify the difference between a pressure ulcer and a moisture lesion
  • List the possible actions to prevent the occurrence of deterioration of a pressure ulcer
  • Understand the factors that increase pressure ulcer risks and know how pressure ulcers develop
  • Know how pressure ulcers are treated
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the care team and know where to find additional resources relating to tissue viability
  • Recognise the importance of recording all assessments, interventions and reviews

The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment, designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. A certificate will be issued after successful completion of the training course.