Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Background
  • Pressure ulcers have a significant impact on both quality of life and healthcare costs.
  • The most recent national survey of pressure ulcer prevalence suggests that one in four people within the Canadian healthcare system have problems with skin integrity.
  • Estimates of the proportion of people with chronic wounds over the past 10 years suggest that despite recent efforts, the number of persons with chronic wounds has not improved.
  • Prevalence, cost, use of hospital and other healthcare resources, and quality of life issues all point to the need for action to prevent, treat and heal wounds.
  • To advance pressure ulcer management, there is a clear need to provide a standardized approach across the continuum of care that is evidence-based and focused on the needs of the individual. This requires implementation of the most up-to-date research findings, along with the compilation of the best of expert consensus.