Pressure Injury Prevention

Some children have an increased risk of developing a pressure injury as they may not be able to verbalise their pain or discomfort. A pressure injury is an injury to the skin caused by unrelieved pressure. They can happen quickly, be painful and take a long time to heal. Pressure injuries may develop under plasters, splints or braces, and around medical equipment such as tubes, masks, drains and cannulas.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment of patients using a validated tool is recommended. The pressure injury risk assessment consists of two parts:
  1. Use a validated pressure injury risk assessment tool (i.e. Adapted Glamorgan or Braden Q)
  2. Skin assessment that is based on visual inspection.

The result of this two part assessment will inform the clinical decision making process.

For more information on when to do a risk assessment, who is at risk, where a pressure injury could occur or how to reduce the risk of pressure injuries refer to:

Case Study


Information for Parents and Carers

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Pressure Injury Prevention for Children in Hospital
Information for Parents and Carers

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Posters

The CEC has developed a range of posters aimed at parents and carers in raising awareness of potential risk of pressure injuries for children in hospital.

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Take the Pressure Off
Poster 1 - Pressure Injury Prevention

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Take the Pressure Off
Poster 2 - Pressure Injury Prevention

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Charts

The Office of Kids and Families has developed Paediatric Risk Assessment charts which incorporate the Adapted Glamorgan or Braden Q Pressure Injury Prevention Tools.

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Paediatric Risk Assessment Form
(incorporating the Adapted Glamorgan)
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Paediatric Risk Assessment Form
(incorporating the Braden Q)
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Paediatric Nursing Assessment and Care Plan
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Paediatric Nursing Care Plan
Extended stay form available for longer admissions
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Stock Code: SMR060996
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To support these resources the Office of Kids and Families has developed several resources: