NewsNHS Trust succeeds in reducing pressure ulcers

NHS Trust succeeds in reducing pressure ulcers

Pressure Ulcers, Wellbeing and concordance

NHS Trust succeeds in reducing pressure ulcersA campaign to reduce pressure ulcer occurrence at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals has successfully eliminated Grade 4 pressure ulcer.

By training staff to be more aware of pressure ulcer occurrence and to use specially developed equipment, the Trust was able to eliminate Grade 4 pressure ulcer occurrence in 2010 continuing through 2012.

In June 2012, the trust succeeded in eliminating all Grade 3 and 4 occurrences.

'We take a zero tolerance approach to Grade 3 and 4 pressure ulcers and are determined to reduce cases of Grade 1 and 2 sores,' said patient safety manager Gillian Clark. 'This is essential to patient care because untreated pressure ulcers can become infected, requiring antibiotic treatment, causing patient discomfort, delaying their recovery and resulting in a longer hospital stay.'

The Trust is participating in the NHS Midlands and East pressure ulcer intensive support team visit programme and have been commended for their work and developments.

Read the press release here.


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