Tissue Viability

Maree Barry,

CNSp Tissue Viability 

The Tissue Viabilty service in St Mary’s Campus strives to ensure patient centred, evidence based high quality care in the prevention and management of tissue damage to all individuals within our care.


Wounds cause major pain and suffering and thus have a negative impact on the quality of life on the individual, the importance therefore to maintain skin integrity where possible is essential. This can sometimes be a challenge working in any healthcare setting and especially with the older adult population who can have complex healthcare issues. As we get older there are many changes to the skin that heighten the risk of skin breakdown therefore it is imperative that healthcare workers are aware of the many risk factors that can cause skin breakdown…pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, skin tears.


Education and training is essential and is seen as a key role for the tissue viability nurse, providing education and information to staff, patient/resident, and relatives. The tissue viability service works closely with the multi-disciplinary team ensuring high standard of holistic care in the area of wound management. Monitoring and auditing the care given is essential in ensuring positive clinical outcomes for individuals in our care and will also identify areas that may need improvement.


The tissue viability service is a resource that is used by staff, patient/resident and relatives, giving advice and support. 

Maree has recently had an article published with Linda Nugent in the CPD section of the Nursing Standard entitled Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Frail Older People. It can be viewed in 2015 publications Vol 30 No 16-18 pages 50-58


Pressure Ulcer to Zero Collaborative - St Mary's Campus Present Peach SSKIN and Mai's Story


Launch of Peach SSKIN and Mai's Story: an educational resource developed by staff within St Mary's Campus led by Maree Barry CNS in Tissue Viability. Click Here to View

January 2020 - Amendment 

When viewing Wound Classification please note stage 5 unstageable is no longer recognised and therefore stage 6 within this presentation is now stage 5.