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Devices for Dignity in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and NHS England North have developed an app as a part of the REACT to RED Training pack.
Pressure ulcers are not just a modern day problem and historically were referred to as bed sores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers. The elderly in care homes are a particularly vulnerable group, often suffering with age associated illnesses, co-morbidities and poor mobility. All of which vastly increase their risk of developing pressure ulcers. The estimated cost to the NHS is enormous and it is cited at being between £1.4 billion and £2.1 billion a year.
REACT to RED is a resource for Care Homes and other Care Providers to prevent pressure ulcers in residents and patients. This app is available to download for Android and iOS devices here:
Many of the guidelines and literature state that early identification is vital in pressure ulcer prevention, so REACT to RED has been developed to promote prevention rather wait until people need a cure.
NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative
STH NHS Foundation Trust
D33, Royal Hallamshire Hospital