Zero tolerance approach results in reduced pressure ulcer incidence
An NHS Trust in England has significantly reduced the number of hospital related pressure ulcers by 45% using a zero tolerance policy.
The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced a pressure ulcer prevention and management plan last February, educating and training 85% of their tissue viability staff. Both the orthopaedic and critical care wards staff received a high proportion of the training.
'This is tremendous news for our patients and pays tribute to the staff who have worked so hard to manage and treat pressure ulcers,' said Denise McMahon, Director of Nursing. 'When we brought in the new systems of checking pressure ulcers in January, we expected to see a rise in the numbers of pressure ulcers. Now that reporting is robust, and pressure ulcer management is in every ward with every nurse, we are seeing the kinds of reductions we had hoped for.'
Image: Denise McMahon, Trust directors campaign to reduce pressure ulcers. Credit: The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.