Nurses at Whipps Cross University Hospital, in North East London, have agreed to implement a zero tolerance policy for trust-acquired pressure ulcers.
This change, which will come into force on 1 August, will be driven by the implementation of monitoring tools - inlcuding the Skin Bundle - to increase compliance with pressure ulcer guidelines across the trust.
As part of the initiative, any occurrence of a hospital acquired pressure ulcer will be investigated to identify the ulcer’s root cause. These investigations will feedback in to the development of quality improvement action plans, which will be monitored by clinical improvement groups.
Sally Cooper, tissue viability specialist nurse and lead for the trust,said: “This is a major national target and forms part of our continued commitment to the eradication of avoidable hospital acquired pressure ulcers. As part of our revolution, our zero tolerance to pressure ulcers and all tissue viability related issues is another factor helping to further improve our patient’s experience.”
The trust’s development of a new pressure therapy equipment service, which includes ward access to an increased quantity and range of specialist bed and mattress products, and a training program for nurses, is expected help support the plan.
Ms Cooper said: “Nurses at Whipps Cross are totally committed to this initiative and all will undertake specialist training to ensure we are able to meet our targets.”