Jackie Rees, nurse consultant in continence care and Fania Pagnamenta, nurse consultant in tissue viability both from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded the ACA Dorothy Mandelstam award.
They devised a skin care guideline for incontinence dermatitis that resulted in a drastic reduction in referrals to tissue viability and continence service for incontinence dermatitis.
Jackie Rees commented, ‘Health care professionals must achieve best possible outcomes for every patient interaction. The case study we presented demonstrated that incontinence dermatitis can be treated effectively with simple steps. The implementation of the guidelines within the Trust has resulted in a positive approach towards skin care and incontinence’.
‘Adopting strategies such as evidence based guidelines to aid practice is likely to enhance patient concordance with treatment and, most importantly, to enhance the outcomes achieved by that treatment’ she added.
The award is sponsored by Bullen Healthcare