UCLH has a dedicated nurse led inpatient tissue viability team covering all hospital sites.
The tissue viability team is committed to providing support, training and education to clinical staff, patients and carers about maintaining, promoting skin integrity and preventing pressure sores. If during your hospital stay you have a wound that is failing to heal, or that is of concern to the staff looking after you, you may be referred to the tissue viability team for specialist advice.
The nurses in the tissue viability team can provide specialist advice on all types of wounds, including:
- pressure ulcers
- leg ulcers
- surgical wounds
- traumatic wounds.
The work of this team is important because the skin is an organ like the heart or lungs. If it is damaged, then the protection the skin provides from the outside is lessened and we may be more likely to suffer from infection, long-term open wounds or scarring. Wound care helps to make sure that the skin recovers from such damage.
Our aim is to work in partnership with patients and carers, helping them to look after their wounds and prevent the risk of future skin damage.