Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has invested in a new drive to abolish avoidable pressure ulcers.
It has placed an order for more than 1,450 cushions at a cost of £100,000 with a life-span of three years.
The cushions, manufactured by Parkhouse, are being handed out to patients as part of a drive to reduce pressure ulcers at the trust. They have layers of different density foam with an air layer which helps distribute a patient’s weight.
David Newton, matron involved in the project, said: “We are investing in patient safety. Initially we were going to buy 300 cushions, but then decided we should have these on every ward, making them easily accessible when at-risk patients need them.
“The feedback from staff and patients has been very positive. We know these cushions will work alongside other areas of best practice for reducing pressure ulcers.”
The trust said that regular checking – every patient admitted has a pressure ulcer risk assessment – has seen a marked fall in the most serious pressure ulcers.
It reduced its stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers by 21% in 2011-12, but the trust has set an ambition to have no avoidable stage 2, 3 and 4 pressure ulcers by December.
Press statement (attached, right)