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‘Pressure ulcers at end of life should be classified in the same way as all pressure ulcers, and not be given a separate category.’ NHS Improvement June 2018Wounds are a common occurrence in patients with terminal illnesses, it has been estimated that approximately one third of palliative care patients will experience a pressure ulcer. Pressure wounds are seen most often in elderly and terminally ill patients as a result skin failure — a naturally occurring process commonly associated with terminal illness wherein the skin begins to break down and die. At the end of life multiple risk factors can lead to pressure ulcers. The prevention and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life must also be balanced alongside the patients preferences presenting ethical dilemmas such as when prevention and active management should stop in the last days of life. This national conference focuses on the reduction and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life, from risk assessment to controlling pain and discomfort in the last days of life.This event will enable you to:Network with colleagues who are working to improve pressure ulcer management at the end of lifeLearn from outstanding practice in prevention of pressure ulcers at the end of lifeReflect on national developments and learningUnderstand what is avoidable at the end of lifeDevelop your skills in the management of pressure ulcers, and reducing pain and discomfort at the end of life for patients with pressure ulcersLearn from case studies in managing pressure ulcers at the end of life in hospitals, at home and in hospicesUnderstand how to effectively manage oncology pressure ulcers and malignant woundsIdentify key strategies for managing ethical dilemmas with regard to refusal of treatment and when active treatment and management should stopUnderstand how to optimize nutrition and hydration to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers at the end of lifeDevelop your skills in root cause analysis and learning from pressure ulcersSelf assess and reflect on your own practiceGain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence