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Pressure ulcers cut by a third in midlands and east

The proportion of patients with new grade 2, 3 or 4 pressure ulcers has been reduced by 36% in the last six months across the midlands and east of England, latest data suggests.

Over 400 fewer patients had a new pressure ulcer on a single day in October, compared to figures recorded on a single day in April.

Since April 2012, patients with pressure ulcers are counted on a single day each month in all types of NHS organisations.

The measure is part of the NHS Safety Thermometer initiative, which was introduced under the NHS Operating Framework 2012-13.

The NHS Midlands and East strategic health authority said organisations across its regions – the Midlands and the East of England – had reported 574 patients with a new grade 2, 3 or 4 ulcer out of 52,570 patients checked in October 2012.

NHS Midlands and East’s nurse director Ruth May said: “This is a fantastic success story for patients, which is down to the dedication of frontline staff who have supported our ambition to eliminate avoidable pressure ulcers.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that over the past six months, numbers of the worst pressure ulcers – grade 4 – have halved,” she said.

Ms May added: “Pressure ulcers are a key indication of the quality of nursing care, and almost all of them are avoidable.

“I therefore view each and every avoidable pressure ulcer as unacceptable.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • I work in an A&E department in the East of England and am saddened by the number of patients who come in from the community with pressure ulcers, often from nursing homes.

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  • I am often saddened by things I see daily. I try not to judge my colleagues who all have a difficult job to do. As a profession we should pull together and support each other to do our best by patients to improve care.

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