Wound care nurses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals have come up with an innovative approach to staff training, involving fruit, to help embed good practice in the wards.
Its skin integrity team has designed and launched a novel new skin “masterclass” that equips ward staff with the skills and know-how to treat serious wounds.
“Feedback from those attending the course has been very positive”
Central to the masterclass is an interactive tutorial that teaches staff to perform negative pressure wound therapy, which helps speed up skin healing, while relieving pain and discomfort for patients.
It creates a vacuum through a sealed dressing placed over the wound, once applied, this draws out any fluid from the injury and increases blood flow to the area to help both drain and clean the area.
Staff practice and hone their practical skills on fruit to simulate the type of complex abrasions they will be treating.
Tracy Vernon, lead skin integrity nurse at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to give staff the confidence and skills to make a real difference to the patients they care for.
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“This practical approach is novel and feedback from those attending the course has been very positive,” she said.
“The masterclass involves three components, pre-course assessment, the interactive tutorial and the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills in one of our clinics,” she added.
So far 21 staff have been trained, with a further six training events arranged at the trust throughout this year.
The training itself is run by the skin integrity team in partnership with the medical equipment firm Smith and Nephew.
The trust serves a population of around 420,000 at three hospitals – Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.