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Pressure ulcers are NHS’s number one enemy

Pressure Ulcers, Service delivery

Pressure ulcers are NHS’s number one enemyElimination of all avoidable grade 2,3 and 4 pressure ulcers by December 2012 is the number one ambition of the NHS in the Midlands and East of England.

In order to gain the necessary commitment from all representatives, this ambition was declared  at a meeting in Cambridge  involving around 200 clinicians and senior managers.

Jacqui Fletcher, Principal Lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, and Fiona Downey, Nurse Consultant at Papworth Hospital, represented the East of England panel of tissue viability nurses who have been working intensely to provide standardised tools to facilitate prevention strategies and data collection methods.

Many celebrated the recognition to drive the ambition forward and take action to protect patients from unnecessary pain and suffering.

'Although aspirational, the ambition to eliminate all category 2, 3 and 4 pressure ulcers is a fantastic opportunity for tissue viability nurses,' said Jacqui Fletcher. 'We have been fighting for years to achieve this ambition, in many cases without the support of our organisations - now the strategic drive means that our goal is shared with senior managers and staff, and support will be given to implement the necessary plans to prevent this avoidable harm.'

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