It is important to use risk assessment tools as they give a standard to which the health professional works towards.
All aids and equipment that is used to minimise or relieve pressure ulcers must be used in line with the manufacturers guidelines and with care not harm either yourself or the individual concerned
All up to date information, and support regarding materials, equipment and resources can be obtained from information which is held on the ward and is also available on the Trust intranet and from your senior nursing staff.
It is essential that when administering any pressure ulcer relieving therapy whether it be in the forms of equipment or dressings, you should ensure that all materials are in line with Health & Safety guidelines and that all equipment is in a safe working order, and that the environment in which you are working is free from any hazards. Prior to administering any pressure relieving care ensure that you have valid consent from the individual.
When carrying out pressure area care you must maintain and respect your patients dignity and privacy by ensuring that the area that you are in is enclosed and that your patient is aware of the procedure that you are performing and that you are reassuring your patient to allay any fears or concerns that they may be having.