The impact of pressure injuries
ACC’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr John Robson, says thousands of New Zealanders get a pressure injury every year, even though most are preventable.
“We know these injuries can have a huge impact on quality of life for people, often resulting in a long period of bedrest and social isolation, and in extreme cases can cause death,” he says.
“They also put pressure on our health system by occupying hospital beds and utilising valuable resources. These injuries can largely be prevented - that’s why we are encouraging health professionals to have conversations about prevention with patients who might be at risk.”
Watch Alex’s story about the impact of pressure injuries on his life below: