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Pressure Sores

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to introduce a preventative programme to reduce the incidence of leg ulcers; (196819)

(2) how many people were treated for leg ulcers in England in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such treatment was in each year.

This information is not collected centrally and there are no plans to introduce a national preventative programme.

Tissue viability is a vital component of nursing care for patients, and one in which there is a strong body of evidence about effective treatment. Nurses receive training in this during their preparation for registration, and as part of their continuing professional development. They have access to specialist tissue viability nurses who provide training as well as expert advice in the care of individual patients.

“Essence of Care”, published in 2003, sets benchmarks for pressure ulcers in health and social care settings, and helps health care professionals to devise appropriate care plans. A copy of the publication is available in the Library. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published detailed clinical guidelines on pressure ulcer management in primary and secondary care. It is the responsibility of local health bodies to ensure that this guidance is implemented.