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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Southern Health Covid-19 Service Changes

Tissue Viability

What is Tissue Viability? 

A pressure ulcer is an area of damage to the skin and underlying tissue. They are sometimes known as pressure sores or bed sores. Anyone can develop a pressure ulcer but some people are more at risk than others. You may be more at risk of developing a pressure ulcer if you:

  • Are incontinent
  • Have poor appetite, diet or do not drink enough water
  • Are very old or very young
  • Are unable to move certain parts of your body
  • Have poor circulation
  • Have broken skin
  • If you are ill or have suffered an injury, eg a broken hip
  • Already have a pressure ulcer or if you have had a pressure ulcer in the past


How can I refer? 

Please talk to your local Doctor or Local Health Care professional for more information and how to refer into the service. 

What is the role of the Tissue Viability team ?

The role of the Tissue Viability team is to empower nursing and medical staff to provide, competent, evidence based practice in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and the management of complex wounds. To achieve this, the service covers the following areas.    

  • Clinical Practice       
  • Education and Training     
  • Policy and guideline development    
  • Wound Dressing Formulary Management 
  • Monitoring and leading improved standards of care through clinical audits 


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