Pressure Injury Prevention

Pressure Injuries are defined as localised injury to the skin, underlying tissue or both, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, shear or friction, or a combination of these factors.

Pressure injuries are largely preventable, and it is recognised that they are potentially life threatening. They also have consequences for: quality of life, infection, pain, alteration to sleep and mood, delayed healing and the provision of services.

The Western Australian clinical guideline, along with national and international standards and guidelines for the treatment and prevention of pressure injuries, have been listed below.

WA Clinical Guideline

The WA Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Clinical Guideline is a consistent and evidence-based approach to pressure injury prevention and management in accordance with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) (external link) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

WA Pressure injury prevention and management Clinical Guideline (PDF 1.59MB)

International Pressure Ulcer Guidelines

The Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort among the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA). The guideline was developed using a rigorous scientific methodology to appraise available research and make evidence-based recommendations.

Purchase the full or abridged guidelines here (external site).

Clinical documents and education resources

Wound Healing Institute Australia (WHIA) (external site) is a national not for profit charitable organisation program. WA Health employees have free access to all learning modules in the Online Wound Education Program (external site). WACHS employees have free access to the Wound Advisory Service

WA Pressure Injury Prevention Network

The WA Pressure Injury Prevention Network (external site) provides an opportunity to share information, lessons learned, results and new hospital initiatives related to pressure injuries prevention and management.

More information

Patient Safety and Clinical Quality
Address: 189 Royal Street East Perth
Phone: 9222 2197
Email: RoyalSt.PSCQ@health.wa.gov.au