Tissue viability deals with the care, treatment and management of wounds to the skin.

Some severe wounds can be painful and debilitating in people who are elderly, are in ill health or have limited mobility. Particularly problematic are leg ulcers and pressure sores where healing rates can be affected by general health status, mobility, diet, continence, and lifestyle choices such as smoking.

The ultimate aim of tissue viability is to prevent the development of skin wounds or to effectively treat those that do occur.

This topic covers key aspects of tissue viability and skin health and focuses on the prevention of pressure sores.

Further information about specific areas of healthcare can be found in related topics on Needs Assessment, Care and Support Plans, Continence and Urinary Tract Care, Hearing and Sight, Slips, Trips and Falls and Care of Long-term Conditions.

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