In the UK, around 400,000 individuals develop a new Pressure Ulcer annually. The cost to the NHS is in the range of £2.6 billion and this is rising all the time.
It is estimated that one in five hospital inpatients has a Pressure Ulcer (Clark et al,2004)5 – this represents at least 20,000 hospital patients in the UK at any time. In the UK, around 400,000 individuals develop a new Pressure Ulcer annually. The cost to the NHS is high, primarily because prolonged hospital treatment is needed in serious cases and those at risk must be protected. The annual cost is in the range of £2.6 billion.
BHTA have produced this guidance document that identifies immediate cash releasing savings of £270m per annum are available to the NHS by adoption of the simple preventative actions repeated and highlighted in this report.
To read the full report click on the link here: BHTA PU A4 12pp v11 LR