East Riding of Yorkshire PCT is planning to roll out a new initiative, 'Heal Not Hurt', following a successful pilot.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the pain and trauma associated with wound care and has been developed by Mölnlycke Health Care in association with wound care specialists.
Nurses were provided with a pain-assessment tool that could be incorporated into their standard documentation. Staff received a one-hour training session on pain assessment and how to use the tool. Patients' pain was monitored before, during and after dressing changes. Patient information leaflets were also provided.
Simon Barrett, lead nurse, tissue viability at East Riding of Yorkshire PCT, said: 'From a patient point of view they were delighted to be asked for their opinion on how to treat their wounds.'