The care homes team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust recently held a study day to share best practice in preventing pressure ulcers with independent care providers in North Devon.
Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bedsores or pressure sores, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that can be caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. In some cases, they can lead to long-term pain and distress and result in the need for hospital treatment.
Pictured (from left to right): Rebecca Young, Bridget Tait, Martine Butler, Julie Sturges (from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust), Sarah Winfield-Davies and Tina Chambers (trustee of the Tissue Viability Society).
Rebecca Young, nurse educator in the care homes team, said: “Evidence suggests that most pressure ulcers can be prevented with simple actions.
“The study day was a fantastic way to share the latest proven techniques in preventing pressure ulcers that will help improve the quality of care people receive in North Devon, whether in a care home or in their own home.”
The study day was organised in collaboration with the Tissue Viability Society and was attended by care home staff and domiciliary care providers in North Devon, including 37 trained nurses and 61 carers.
During the event, the care homes team and speakers from the Tissue Viability Society shared best practice that prevents the development of pressure ulcers. They also offered guidance on wound management.
Speakers included Tina Chambers, tissue viability consultant, educator and advisor from the Tissue Viability Society, and Julie Sturges, tissue viability lead nurse from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Martine Butler, nurse educator in the care homes team, added: “On behalf of the team I would like to thank all those who helped put the event together.”
The care homes team also raised £68.61 for the North Devon Hospice at the event.