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Jackie Stephen-Haynes

Chair, Wound Care Alliance UK

The what, who, why and how of skin tears in the community and care homes

Older people can experience a variety of skin problems including skin tears, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and oedema. The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) (

Pressure ulcers and the prone position

The prone position is defined as lying in a horizontal position with the front of the body facing downwards. It is used to improve short-term oxygenation and lung compliance (BACCN, 2018)..

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