Tissue Viability 

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Pressure ulcers can be extremely painful, difficult to treat and in some extreme cases even life threatening. As a result, this module has been designed to provide learners with an increased an awareness of the causes and contributing factors of skin pressure damage, referred to as ulcers.

This module provides learners with an increased understanding of the regulatory requirements relating to tissue viability, as well as information on appropriate wound care.

On completion of the module, learners will also have the required knowledge to assess the risk from pressure ulcers on individuals and knowledge of the relevant tools available to prevent damage occurring. On completion of this course learners will:

  • Recognise regulatory requirements
  • Define the term "pressure ulcer"
  • Describe the basic structure of skin
  • Describe the common sites for the development of pressure ulcers
  • Outline the role nutrition and health play in the prevention of skin damage
  • List aids to prevent and relieve pressure


Lesson Plan


Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Introduction
  • Normal Skin
  • Pressure ulcers and risk factors
  • Assessment
  • Healing
  • Equipment and good practise



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a College certificate.


Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience


This module is aimed at all employees working in the Health and Social Care Sector who work with individuals susceptible to pressures ulcers. The course is also suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about tissue viability, its causes and potential treatment.

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