Trust raises awareness of pressure ulcer prevention

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust stepped up its campaign to eliminate all avoidable pressure ulcers when it held a learning roadshow.

Representatives from residential care homes, nursing homes and mental health services, as well as district nurses, ward staff and members of the public attended the drop-in roadshow at Whitchurch Community Hospital to learn more about all aspects of pressure care.

The Trust is working hard to eliminate all avoidable pressure ulcers and has adopted the national SSKIN five-step model for pressure ulcer prevention:

  • Surface – making sure patients have the right support
  • Skin inspection – early inspection means early detection
  • Keep patients moving
  • Incontinence/moisture – patients need to be clean and dry
  • Nutrition/hydration – ensuring patients have the right diet and plenty of fluid

Sally Underwood, Pressure Ulcer Prevention Tissue Viability Nurse, said:

"It’s been a very successful event and has been extremely positive for those attending. Everyone we’ve spoken to who came along has said how informative it’s been." 

She added the team was hoping to hold another roadshow in August in the south of the county.

Nick English, Registered Manager at the Viewmount charitable residential care home in Whitchurch said of the day:

"It’s been a very interesting event and it’s provided some interesting stuff to think about. Pressure ulcers are something we take very seriously so this has been very useful."

As well as the Trust’s pressure ulcer prevention team, specialists from the incontinence and manual handling teams were also on-hand to give practical advice at the event, which also featured representatives from a number of health care companies.