22 May 2017 | Pressure Injury Prevention
National guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries have been launched today at the New Zealand Wound Care Society Annual Conference in Rotorua. They will be made available to health professionals in DHBs, aged and disabled residential care facilities, and the home care sector.
Pressure injuries are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by constant pressure or friction. They can cause pain, disability, hospitalisation, and sometimes even death, yet most are preventable.
The guidance was created by an expert reference panel representing clinicians, service providers, consumers and organisations across the health sector, including the Ministry of Health, the Health Quality & Safety Commission, ACC, and the New Zealand Wound Care Society.
The guidance is part of a wider piece of work on pressure injuries, which also includes developing a national approach to measure and report pressure injuries, as well as raising public and health practitioners’ awareness of pressure injury prevention and management.
The panel drew on evidence-based international guidelines and local reports on pressure injury management.
The guidance is publicly available on ACC’s website and will be reviewed in three years’ time to ensure it remains up to date.