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Nurses win honour for ‘unique skin care regime’

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A team of specialist nurses from South Yorkshire has won professional praise for a unique skin care routine that counteracts the effects of skin damage.

The team that specialises in protecting patients from pressure ulcers at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals won first place at the Tissue Viability Society’s 2016 conference.

The trust’s skin integrity nurses received the accolade for carrying out research to improve the treatment of patients with low grade pressure ulcers and incontinence associated dermatitis.

The team was praised for the education and learning value that their research provided to other health professionals and the enhanced quality of care for patients with this type of skin damage.

The skin integrity nurses explored the development of a new single skin care regime for both superficial pressure ulcers and incontinence associated dermatitis.

They reviewed and assessed the effectiveness of several skin care products in use on the wards and designed a quick and easy way for staff to cleanse, protect and restore the skin for both conditions.

The team then road tested the new routine for three months, with results showing a 26% reduction in low grade pressure ulcers and incontinence associated dermatitis in 31 patients and by a further 10% in 28 patients.

Tracy Vernon, skin integrity lead nurse at the trust, said: “We were keen to focus our research on lower grade pressure ulcers and skin damage caused by incontinence because these conditions caused discomfort for patients.

“We are very pleased that our work has received this recognition and is helping to improve the care for patients,” she added.

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