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Cedar publishes article on pressure ulcer services

Cedar publishes article on pressure ulcer services


Megan Dale (Cedar Researcher) and colleagues have written an article in the British Journal of Community Nursing on the cost effectiveness of Salisbury Pressure Ulcer Outreach Service.
The full citation is:
Dale M., Cox-Martin B., Shaw P., Carolan-Rees G. (2014) Cost-effective non-surgical treatment of chronic pressure ulcers in the community. British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 19, Iss. Sup1, 07, pp S6 - S12
The Salisbury Pressure Ulcer Outreach Service successfully treats patients with chronic pressure ulcers that have not healed during routine community treatment. These patients have grade 4 pressure ulcers, involving extensive destruction, or damage to muscle and bone. A combination of scientific, seating and tissue viability expertise with a holistic approach results in non-surgical healing for 70% of patients. For those who still require surgery, outcomes are more successful with this approach, resulting in low recurrence rates. Prior to creation of the outreach service, patients were referred directly for surgical closure, resulting in high recurrence levels and long waiting lists. The authors compared costs of the Pressure Ulcer Outreach Service with the previous system of surgical closure. The model base case found that the Pressure Ulcer Outreach Service saved £8588 per patient, and that cost savings could be even greater if the outreach service was extended into preventative work

Published on Thu, 20th Mar 2014

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