“To provide relief for persons suffering from, or at risk of, pressure ulcers, through research and the education of the public and by influencing pressure ulcer policy in all European countries towards an adequate patient centred and cost effective pressure ulcer care.”
The EPUAP has produced an academic text book on pressure ulcers and developed guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment that are used all over Europe. Their priorities for the next decade are:
• To assist with implementation of the guidelines in different countries and to update the guidelines where necessary. • A growth of the society and increased representation across Europe to improve the visibility of EPUAP. • To strengthen the research profile and play an important role in awareness and education.
If you are interested in collaborating with the TVS or have any other ideas or initiatives which you feel that the TVS would be interested in, they would love to hear from you!
React to Red Skin
React to Red Skin is a pressure ulcer prevention campaign that is committed to educating as many people as possible about the dangers of pressure ulcers and the simple steps that can be take to avoid them.
The prevention of avoidable pressure ulcers in the community is one of the biggest challenges that care organisations face – a challenge which currently costs the NHS and care organisations in the UK around £6.5 billion per year. Pressure ulcers affect around 700,000 people in the UK every year and many of these will develop whilst an individual is being cared for in a formal care setting (hospital, nursing home or care home). The reality is that many pressure ulcers are avoidable if simple knowledge is provided and preventative best practice is followed.
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