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Research into pressure ulcer prevention

Pressure ulcers are one of the major complications of a spinal cord injury (SCI), and the consequences of developing one can be very serious.  The majority of pressure ulcer research has focused on treatment, rather than prevention, but now a new project is asking for help from SCI people who have experienced pressure ulcers, or are at risk of them, to help inform future research into pressure ulcer prevention.  Can you help?

Tamsyn Street is a research fellow at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust working with colleagues from the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Southampton University and UCL.  Together, they have responded to a call from the INSPIRE foundation for research projects looking at pressure ulcer prevention, with an idea for a pressure ulcer prevention alert system for SCI people most at risk of pressure ulcers.  At this early stage, the researchers are seeking feedback from people at risk, or with previous experience of pressure ulcers, to make sure they fully understand the problem.  They are also looking for expressions of interest from people who would be interested in working with the researchers to help steer any future research in this area.

Complete the survey – it will take about 10 minutes.

The information gathered will be used to help assess whether a pressure ulcer alert system might be helpful for people at risk of pressure ulcers.  The questionnaire has also been designed to be used more broadly to inform further pressure ulcer research as well, and the findings will be shared with the relevant funding bodies and researchers working in this area, to help them make informed choices about their future research.

If you would like assistance to complete the survey or have any questions, please email Tamsyn or call 01722 439544.

Thank you very much for your support.