Nutrition and hydration


We support providers to follow best practice in nutrition and hydration to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and promote good wound healing.

Nutrition and hydration play a key role in keeping the skin healthy. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recognises deficiencies in diet as a risk for developing pressure ulcers and international guidance recommends using a nutritional screening tool to assess risk of malnutrition and other risk factors. 

This work is part of our Stop the Pressure programme and relates specifically to the nutritional element of the SSKIN bundle. Use #StopThePressure to profile your work and see initiatives across the NHS.

Key messages - Eat well, drink well and keep the skin well PDF, 242.3 KB

Evidence and recommendations for assessment and action when assessing an individual’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

Top tips to prevent and manage pressure ulcers PDF, 136.5 KB

Top tips for eating well and drinking well to keep skin well - guidance from dietitians and nutrition specialist nurses

Nutrition and hydration case studies

Learning from root cause analysis investigation into a grade 3 pressure ulcer PDF, 129.7 KB

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Nursing staff looks at how malnutrition can contribute to development of pressure ulcers and poor wound healing.

Supporting weight loss to minimise the risk of pressure ulcers PDF, 52.3 KB

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals looks at the importance of patients with reduced mobility losing weight gradually to ensure skin integrity is not compromised.

The impact of the ‘Food First’ approach in a residential care home PDF, 133.0 KB

Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust looks at how staff need to recognise where a diet may result in nutritional depletion and the impact on wound healing.

'Eat well, drink well, keeping skin well' webinar

Nutrition and hydration play a key role in keeping skin healthy. National and international guidance recognise that deficiencies in diet can increase the risk of pressure ulcer development and delay wound healing.

This session discusses the resources developed by the NHS Improvement Nutrition and Pressure Ulcer Group to support clinical teams in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

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