National Pressure Injury in Spinal Cord Injury Consensus Statement

on 2 December

ACC has facilitated an expert panel to develop an evidence-informed pressure injury in spinal cord injury consensus statement, which has been endorsed by eight organisations. This is the agreed best practice for preventing, treating, and managing pressure injuries in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

There was a need for a consistent approach to pressure injuries in people with SCI due to the unique characteristics of this community which create specific risks around pressure injuries. 

The aim is for people living with SCI and their whānau to use the consensus statement as an advocacy tool for the care they should be receiving. Also, that it gives healthcare professionals (who aren’t specialised in pressure injuries or SCI) the ability and confidence to adopt best practice pressure injury prevention and management in their communities. 

The next important phase of this work is to implement the consensus statement. Here, ACC will work with the health and disability sector to embed the consensus statement and effect system change. Through this process, the aim is to make a positive impact on the prevention and management of pressure injuries in individuals with SCI, particularly reaching ethnicities at higher risk of developing pressure injuries. 

For more information about ACC’s pressure injury prevention programme visit

pdf ACC8305 PI in SCI Consensus Statement (2.61MB)

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