Our aim is to ensure the safety of our patients while they are under our care.
As such, the Tissue Viability Service closely monitors pressure ulcer incidence (ie new pressure ulcers that occur) and implements actions to reduce similar occurrences in the future.
The hospital has a strong safety focused culture and as a result of this, over the last few years, has set up a very positive reporting system and backed this up by appropriate training and education to allow staff to recognise every incidence of pressure ulcer, irrespective of severity.
We are proud to have made some significant changes in the Trust that have impacted on reducing our number of hospital acquired pressure ulcers, including the implementation of new products to reduce pressure and ensuring appropriate resources including mattresses and cushions to be used as part of an overall pressure ulcer prevention plan.
Our staff receive regular and up to date training to be able to implement up to date, evidence based care. Recommendations are taken from national guidance including NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) and incorporated into a guideline which our staff work to.