Stop the Pressure Day 2017
East Coast Community Healthcare organised an event in Great Yarmouth to mark World Wide Stop the Pressure Day.
ECCH’s Tissue Viability Team in partnership with the tissue viability nurse from the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust invited carers and healthcare workers to the King’s Centre on Thursday (16th November) to find out more about how to prevent pressure ulcers occurring and treat them effectively.
Around 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers each year in the UK. They can be painful and debilitating but are often preventable. Treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every day.
More than 70 carers and health workers attended the event where specialists gave presentations on subjects including dementia, nutrition, diabetes related ulcers and correct seating for those with pressure sores.
The event came at the same time as the efforts of ECCH’s clinicians to treat skin tears have received national recognition.
ECCH’s Tissue Viability team has been working with three local care homes to help care home staff correctly diagnose skin tears and dress them appropriately in order to improve a patient’s chances of swift recovery. This came as a result of ECCH’s district nurses experiencing a high number of requests for visits to care home residents with skin tears that turned out to be wrongly diagnosed or incorrectly dressed.
Staff at three care homes in Great Yarmouth received special training from ECCH and piloted the new system for a three month period. The results showed a reduction in skin tears, improved healing rates and reduced pain and trauma for residents because appropriate first dressings had been applied.
The education package and treatment pathway is now being rolled out to all care homes in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. NHS England has asked ECCH’s Tissue Viability Team to submit its findings as part of the national ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ initiative which aims to highlight practices that have resulted in better outcomes, improved experiences and better use of resources in order that all NHS organisations can learn from them.
ECCH Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist Jayne Jode said: “The work we have done so far in Great Yarmouth care homes has had significant benefits and we’re delighted that this has been recognised by NHS England as a case of best practice. We pride ourselves on offering a high quality service but we’re always looking for chances to improve the way we do things in order to make life better for our patients.”