Supported by clinical and professional organisations across the world, today has been designated global Stop Pressure Ulcer Day.

Raising awareness of pressure ulcers, their cause, those at risk and how to prevent them, Stop PU Day 2013 is being promoted as far and wide as Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Canberra in Australia, by hospitals, businesses and clinical associations.

Pressure ulcers are localised injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissue, caused by prolonged or regular pressure – particularly over bony prominences such as the sacrum (base of the spine), buttocks and heels. Studies have found that they occur in almost 20% of all patients across acute and community care.

The consequences for those with pressure ulcers can include pain, reduced vitality, reduced physical activity, and a generally reduced quality of life. In many cases, infection and other complications caused by pressure ulcers can even lead to death.

Meanwhile, the UK national cost to the NHS of pressure ulcers is estimated to be between £1,760 million and £2,640 million every year.

The sad fact is that up to 95% of all pressure ulcers are considered to be avoidable.

As a member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and supporter of the associated Your Turn campaign, Nexus DMS Ltd is proud to support Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2013.

Attached below are several information documents (a poster, fact sheet and patient guide) that have been produced by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) to help spread the message about pressure ulcers, increasing awareness and understanding worldwide. The sharing of these resources as broadly as possible is actively encouraged.

Nexus products themselves carry a pedigree of clinically-proven pressure-care credentials, ranging from the low-medium pressure redistribution Pro-Mat-2 (for Category 1 ulceration), right up to high-risk (Category 4) cases, where the Optima dynamic reactive mattress system is proven to reduce pressure by up to 43%.

Likewise, within the complex care environment, the Legacy turning bed has been developed with the re-distribution of pressure as a key consideration, and its capability to facilitate mechanical turning for patients is another step forward in the fight against this avoidable clinical condition.

More information on worldwide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2013 – and on pressure ulcer management and prevention – can be found at







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