Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust has been chosen from 30 sites across the UK to receive extra funding to support research into pressure ulcers.
The PRESSURE2 study began last November and is looking at ulcer development when using a high specification foam mattress, compared to an alternating pressure mattress.
“This trial is about preventing pressure ulcers and making sure that we have the confidence to choose a mattress that’s going to help us do that”
Led by Leeds University, it is being conducted at several sites across the UK to find if research can determine if one is less likely to encourage the development of ulcers.
All patients who are over 18 years old and likely to have a hospital stay of over five days are given comprehensive information, including a thorough explanation and literature, about the study.
Patients who have indicated their interest are then assessed to determine eligibility and, if they are considered at high risk of developing a sore, they can be recruited.
A trust spokeswoman said it had received £17,254 extra funding for the study, which equated to half a full-time band 5 research nurse for 12 months.
Lesley Maloney, the trusts’ community research manager, said: “The extra funding we have received means that we can double capacity for the comparison from three to six in-patient wards and therefore provide even more evidence for this vital study.”
Senior clinical research nurse Debbie Kelly said: “First and foremost, this trial is about preventing pressure ulcers and making sure that we have the confidence to choose a mattress that’s going to help us do that.
“To date, it’s been a case of practice over evidence, with a general system that has evolved to determine which patients should go on which mattresses,” she said.
“Therefore, in order to be absolutely certain that patients are being given the best mattress for them, we need stronger evidence, which is why this study is so important,” she added.
Full analysis of results will be reported following the study’s conclusion in 2017.