Pressure Ulcer Management

Pressure ulcers often occur during or after admission to a healthcare facility with those at greatest risk being the frail, elderly and neurologically impaired. In a state-wide survey carried out in 2008, 9% (272) of patients in Western Australian hospitals had hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are an internationally recognised patient safety problem, and expert consensus is that most are preventable.

Effective strategies for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers include identifying patients at risk then implementing effective prevention and monitoring strategies.


  • Perform risk assessment of cases
  • Track pressure ulcer stage progression
  • Determine causes and contributing factors
  • Analyse effectiveness of prevention measures