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Do check that any safeguarding adult posters or leaflets that you have on display / available are the most up to date - you can see what we have available here, and just let us know if you want us to send you anything. 

Pressure ulcers and safeguarding - guidance for healthcare professionals from the ICB safeguarding adults team

It is vital that any consideration of pressure ulcers being linked to safeguarding includes a wider consideration of whether other concerns over abuse and/or neglect are present for the adult at risk.

Pressure ulcers can be a safeguarding concern. This is more likely where the ulcer is avoidable and serious in its impact.

They are frequently associated with other safeguarding concerns, such as neglect and self-neglect. These can include poor diet, inadequate care, and inappropriate physical handling. Pressure ulcers can be the result of appropriate equipment not being accepted or used, which could be domestic abuse.

Read the local guidance document here

The Department of Health and Social Care published a revised document Pressure ulcers: how to safeguard adults on 16 January 2024.