Improving wound and pressure area care in a nursing home
Kate Sprakes Team leader, Skin Care Service, Nursing Development Team, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Liverpool
Julie Tyrer Nurse specialist, Skin Care Service and clinical quality facilitator, Nursing Development Team, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Liverpool
Wound and pressure ulcer prevention are key quality indicators of nursing care. This article describes a collaborative project between a community skin care service and a nursing home. The aim of the project was to establish whether the implementation of a wound and pressure ulcer management competency framework within a nursing home would improve patient outcomes and reduce the severity and number of wounds and pressure ulcers. Following the project’s implementation, there was a reduction in the number of wounds and pressure ulcers, hospital admissions and district nursing visits. Nursing home staff also reported an increase in their knowledge and skills.
Nursing Standard. 25, 10, 43-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.11.25.10.43.c8092Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review