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More than 100 health and social care workers gathered in Cheltenham in a joint drive to tackle pressure ulcers.

Stop the Pressure, held on Wednesday 30 April, brought together ward managers, nurses and matrons - from both acute and community hospitals – as well as nursing home managers to take co-ordinated action against pressure ulcers.

Tissue Viability Lead at Gloucestershire Care Services Lucy Woodhouse said: “It was fantastic to see so many people and to be able to share and promote information to help tackle pressure ulcers across such a wide audience.

“The collective working this has encouraged will help make a real difference in prevention and early diagnosis.”

Pressure ulcers, sometimes known as bedsores, usually develop when the skin is placed under pressure for a prolonged period of time, disrupting the blood flow. A lack of oxygen causes the tissue to break down, leading to the formation of an ulcer.

People with health issues and reduced mobility are particularly vulnerable. The chances of developing a pressure ulcer are increased by conditions which affect blood flow (such as type 2 diabetes).

Both trusts have specialist tissue viability teams who play a vital role in training and educating other staff, carers and patients, to prevent pressure ulcers forming and allow them to spot warning signs, as well as providing expert assessment and treatment.

The event, jointly organised by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, featured analysis from the Francis and Keogh reports into the NHS as well as practical workshops on prevention, safeguarding, grading, nutrition and treatment.