Ethical issues and accountability in pressure ulcer prevention

Lynn Welsh

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Pressure ulcers represent a considerable cost, both in terms of healthcare spending and quality of life. They are increasingly viewed in terms of patient harm. For clinicians involved in pressure ulcer prevention, ethical issues surrounding accountability may arise from both policy and practice perspectives. It may be useful for clinicians to refer to ethical theories and principles to create frameworks when addressing ethical dilemmas. However, such theories and principles have been criticised for their simplicity and over-generalisation. Alternative theories, for example, virtue ethics and experiential learning, can provide more comprehensive guidance and promote a pluralistic approach to tackling ethical dilemmas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • accountability
  • duty of care
  • ethics
  • policy
  • pressure ulcers
  • pressure ulcer prevention
  • quality of life
  • wound care
  • wound management


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