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Healthcare Associated Infections

Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers has high visibility within the Scottish Government policy for health and social care.

These resources are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Educational resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, National Association of Tissue Viability Nurses Scotland and key stakeholders as part of an integrated development approach.   The aim of these resources is to help you to understand pressure ulcers - how they form, how they are treated and crucially how they can be prevented.

The resources will help to support the educational component of the National Standards for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers.

The resource is available in different formats:

E-learning modules available to all health and social care staff in Scotland. For further information please go to online short courses webpage.

Reference Book and Workbook  A full colour educational reference book and a black and white activities workbook for health and social care staff in Scotland.  Download the booklets from the links below:

Full colour Pressure Ulcer reference book (pdf)

Black and white Pressure Ulcer activity workbook (pdf)

NB.  NES have limited supplies of hard copy books so printing locally is recommended.

You can share links to the educational resources and use locally, however attribution must always be given to NES. You cannot use the resource for commercial purposes without express written permission from NES. 

Patient Safety Education Scenario

Read the scenario highlighting the importance of preventing pressure ulcers and contributing to patient safety.  Scenario (pdf)

Creating Viable Options Tool

A tool for identifying key education content areas to support progressive development in tissue viability for health care staff:

Tissue Viability Toolkit

A toolkit managed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland sets this integrated programme of work in context:


Resources last reviewed January 2018.


Other Useful Resources

Dermatology Pocket Guide: Common Skin Conditions Explained.  This booklet can be used by any clinician who wishes to develop their knowledge of common skin conditions. It has been specifically written for nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, physicians or any other clinicians who undertake structured histories using advanced decision-making skills. It will aid in diagnosis - recognising differential diagnosis, formulating prescriptions and assisting in identifying referral pathways if necessary.  If you would like receive a hard copy please contact

Applying Aseptic Technique when carrying out Wound Care is one of the modules featured in the Aseptic Technique programme. Further information at the short courses web page.