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Nurse video seeks to improve pressure ulcer care

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust has released a new video for its staff and the public about how best to treat and prevent pressure ulcers.

The video features Judy Harker, specialist nurse consultant for tissue viability, who talks about what can be done to combat and treat ulcers.

She describes the different types of pressure ulcers, which groups of people are most at risk of developing one and the areas of the body that are most susceptible.

The trust currently operates a zero tolerance approach to avoidable and preventable pressure ulcers.

Ms Harker said: “Over the last two years we have stepped up our efforts to reduce pressure ulcers across our hospitals.”

She said the trust’s efforts had resulted in a “change in mindset and attitude” of staff who “no longer view pressure ulcers as an inevitable outcome of patients being frail or unwell”.

In particular, Ms Harker highlighted the roll-out out of the Skin Bundle across the trust’s sites. It outlines a number of interventions to prevent ulcer development, including use of pressure relieving mattresses, regular skin inspections and moving patients when they have reduced mobility.

The video also discusses the use of posters, information sessions and leaflets to keep patients and staff fully informed about pressure ulcer warning signs.

The Preventing and Treating Pressure Ulcers Video can be downloaded from the trust’s website and is also available on YouTube.

As revealed by Nursing Times last month, Mandie Sunderland has been appointed as the new chief nurse of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust.

Ms Sunderland has been a leading advocate of nursing quality metrics to measure nationally recognised best practice.

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