explain why tissue viability risk assessment should be regularly reviewed and repeated
It is important when a person enters a new care setting that an assessment of their pressure ulcer risk is carried out. This assessment should take place as soon as possible, as pressure ulcers can develop quickly. [ It is also important to remember that a person’s condition can change which may mean a change in their pressure ulcer risk. It is good practice to re-assess a person’s risk of
developing a pressure ulcer when there is a change in their condition. In order to identify quickly a change in a person’s pressure ulcer risk, undertake an assessment of pressure ulcer risk on a daily basis.
When a person is identified to be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer, communicate this to staff through shift handovers, safety briefings and through the use of ‘at risk’ cards and visual cues.
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