Pressure ulcers: safeguarding adults protocol

How to respond to individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers, and preventing harm where they occur.



This document helps practitioners and managers across health and care organisations to provide caring and quick responses to people at risk of developing pressure ulcers.

It also offers a process for the clinical management of harm removal and reduction where ulcers occur, considering if an adult safeguarding response is necessary.

Pressure ulcers, which are largely preventable, cause distress to individuals and their families and create financial pressures for the NHS. While the treatment of pressure ulcers is mainly clinical, prevention is a shared responsibility.

Published 19 January 2018
Last updated 14 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. The terms 'avoidable' and 'unavoidable' for describing pressure ulcers have been removed. Also, all footnotes have been moved to the references section.

  2. First published.