Pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of patient care. Being both painful and debilitating, pressure ulcers can have a profound impact on the overall wellbeing of patients.
The ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign, managed by NHS Improvement and rolled out nationally in November 2016, forms part of a key ambition to support the improvement of standards of safe care.
As part of a service level agreement, tissue viability staff from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have been supporting health care professionals across TEWV to protect people staying in our hospitals. This has included delivering sessions on the prevention of pressure ulcers, developing policies and offering expert guidance to front line staff, patients and their families. Staff from the acute Trust have also taken responsibility for the management of referrals for those at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Angela Ridley, head of infection prevention control and physical health...
Angela Ridley, head of infection prevention control and physical health at TEWV said “We are delighted that no patients staying on our wards have developed a hospital acquired pressure ulcer over the last three years. This is an amazing achievement and is testament to the hard work of our staff and those from the acute Trust.
“Working together we have made sure that patients are getting the right care, at the right time, from the right people. It has also increased the confidence of staff in managing people’s physical health needs.
“This is an example of collaborative working at its best; putting the service user at the centre of what we do.”
More information on the national ‘Stop the pressure’ campaign can be found online.
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