First pressure ulcer prevention programme 'successfully implemented'
A pressure ulcer prevention programme specifically for nursing homes has been successfully developed for the first time.
Nurse researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University trained 41 carers and 11 nurses in the protocol - a modified Braden scale - over six weeks.
Pressure ulcer prevalence and incidence rates dropped from 9% to 2.5% and 2.5% to 0.8% respectively, after the programme’s implementation.
The authors said the programme “enhanced the motivation” of carers to improve pressure ulcer prevention care, but it was considered by nurses to increase their workload.