Care home staff join forces on pressure ulcers

A series of events run by specialists at George Eliot Hospital will see nursing and care home staff join forces to help address the problem of pressure ulcers across the community in the north of the county.

The hospital held its most recent ‘link nurse’ day – which saw care staff from across the area explore aspects of tissue viability with a strong focus in preventing pressure ulcers – in December.

A total of 67 delegates from all care sectors attended the event to learn how they could treat painful pressure ulcers.

This extended ‘Tissue Viability Link Nurse Group’ approach was launched in 2013 to share advice about the recognition of pressure ulcers risk factors and the importance of holistic assessment including good skin care, manual handling (incorporating equipment), correct seating, posture and many useful elements that will reduce the risk from pressure ulcers.

The events have proved so popular and successful that George Eliot Hospital has planned four more dates in 2019 in the north of the county.

“We originally started these events for our own staff but extended this training to others who also work also with our most vulnerable patients out in the community,” said Lorraine Thursby, specialist nurse and service lead for GEH.

“These education days are actively helping to eliminate pressure ulcers in both the hospital and the community settings.

“Feedback from the events has demonstrated that people who attend are able to make better skin assessments, know the signs to look for and improve the quality of life for residents, by helping to treat them earlier.

“The shared learning from each other can really make a difference and this goes a long way in benefiting the care of our patients both in hospital and the care homes.”

The events cover all aspects of tissue viability but there is a strong focus on preventing and treating pressure ulcers.

Dates for the 2019 sessions in the north of the county are planned for:

  • Friday 15th March 2019
  • Friday 14th June 2019
  • Friday 13th September 2019
  • Friday 13th December 2019

Staff from local nursing and care homes can find out more information and book a place at future events by emailing TissueViability.Mailbox@geh.nhs.uk


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