New guide for prevention and treatment of pressure sores released by SCI Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario has recently announced the release of a new guide for preventing and treating pressure sores. The guide is a plain language version of the 2013 Canadian Best Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers in People with SCI.

Most people living with SCI can expect to experience a pressure sore at one point in their life. Pressure sores can seriously affect people living with spinal cord injuries. SCI Ontario’s guide explains how to identify pressure sores, prevention strategies, treatment options, and identifies which professionals to speak with about skin health.

The development of the guide was based on the latest research, expert recommendations, and peer consultation. The goal was to increase education about pressure sores while using everyday language and using pictures to help explain important points.

A videoconference was held in April 2015 to launch the new guide. It featured a panel of peers and professionals sharing experience related to treatment best practices, prevention strategies, and what to expect and challenges during treatment. The webcast included a Call for Action asking people to sign up to become part of a movement that addresses and resolves the systemic barriers associated with pressure sores.

The guide is available in both English and French on SCI Ontario’s website. Visit the website to watch the webcast or download the guide.

Funding support for this project was provided by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF).

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