2.7 Pressure Ulcers

An integrated pressure ulcer pathway has been developed aimed to support frontline staff in their local decision making to determine if a pressure ulcer is a sign of neglect. A diagram of the procedure to assist practitioners in determining if a pressure ulcer is due to neglect can be found in Appendix Five.

If a pressure ulcer is believed to have been caused by neglect it is reported as an adult safeguarding concern. The Serious Incident (SI) Framework below outlines how the NHS investigates pressure ulcers.