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Healthcare Associated Infections

The Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers

The Pressure Ulcer online module and educational workbook forms part of the integrated programme for a national co-ordinated approach to Tissue Viability.

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.


This resource is provided for all Scottish NHS and non-NHS health and social care staff.  It is also available for students in Scottish Higher or Further Education Institutions.

Target Audience

The target group for this education includes a wide range of learners, from registered professionals to support workers in the NHS and also the independent sector.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • identify patients/clients at risk of developing pressure ulcers
  • describe the physiology of the skin and the process of wound healing
  • describe the equipment and interventions which can contribute to the prevention of pressure ulcers.
  • assess the degree of tissue damage
  • discuss the rational for using a range of wound healing products
  • explain the importance and relevance of the prevention and control of infection in relation to pressure ulcers.

Full Details of the Learning Outcomes

Further Information

There are 8 units which learners can self-select and complete based on their role, care settings and knowledge requirements. You do not need to complete all 8 units. On completion of each unit you can print a "Statement of Completion".

Registration and Access

This resource is available on learnPro NHS for health boards.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

This resource is available on Turas Learn for NHS Grampain. Access the resource on Turas Learn (in the IPC Zone) at Prevention and management of pressure ulcers elearning programme

Resource launched 2009, last reviewed and updated January 2018.

Other useful Resources

The pressure ulcers resource is also available to health and social care staff in Scotland as a colour reference book and black and white workbook. Further information at tissue viability web page.

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.