Two tissue viability nurses have won an innovation award for a campaign that has reduced the occurrence of pressure ulcers significantly across almost all of their trust’s 16 wards.
“Realising improvements in this area is of real testament to our nursing team”
Following the introduction of the “Ready to Roll” campaign last year at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust, 14 of 16 wards have achieved 100 consecutive days without pressure ulcers among patients.
Seven of these wards went on to reach 200 days free of pressure ulcers, and two wards achieved 300 days without one occurring.
The initiative uses the acronym ASKINS to reminds nurses of six components of care to help avoid bed sores.
These are assessment – using the Waterlow risk assessment tool – skin inspection, keep moving, incontinence and information, nutrition, and surface.
Nurses Jane Parker and Michelle Porter, who came up with the campaign, were named winners of the award for innovation in service development at this year’s
Nurses Jane Parker and Michelle Porter, who came up with the campaign, were named winners of the award for innovation in service development at this year’s Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy awards, which took place in London.
Ms Parker said: “Although Michelle and I implemented the Ready to Roll/ASKINS project, it would not have been successful without the continued support of the staff delivering the care and this is now a standard practice across the trust.
“Two particularly challenging wards due to the acuity of the patients – stroke and care of the elderly – have managed to achieve 200 consecutive days free from avoidable hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, which is such an achievement.”
“Two challenging wards…have achieved 200 consecutive days free from avoidable pressure ulcers, which is such an achievement”
The trust’s director of nursing, Catherine Morgan, said: “The Ready to Roll campaign refocused our nurses on an incredibly painful and harmful condition.
“We set out to provide all of our patients with safe, compassionate care, and realising improvements in this area is of real testament to our nursing team, in particular our specialist tissue viability team,” she said.