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Mersey Care supports worldwide pressure ulcer reduction day

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has launched a series of events to support the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s (EPUAP) worldwide pressure ulcer reduction day.

District nurses, community matrons, podiatrists and student nurses from across Mersey Care came together to deliver the pressure reduction roadshow for the annual event on 16 November.

During the roadshow the team of health professionals engaged with over 200 staff and shared educational resources and best practice for reducing the risk of pressure ulcers.

Their top tips included:

  • regularly changing your position – if you're unable to change position yourself, a relative or carer will need to help you
  • checking your skin every day for early signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers – this will be done by your care team if you're in a hospital or care home
  • having a healthy, balanced diet that contains enough protein and a good variety of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and zinc – if you're concerned about your diet or caring for someone whose diet may be poor, ask your GP or healthcare team for a referral to a dietician
  • stopping smoking – smoking makes you more likely to get pressure ulcers because of the damage caused to blood circulation

As part of the roadshow, Mersey Care also launched the Sefton Pressure Ulcer Reminder (SPUR) wheel, which aims to help health professionals  improve identification and management of pressure ulcers. The wheel was originally created on the back on a cereal box by Andrea Gore, a district nurse based in Crosby, and is now used as part of clinical practice across the South Sefton community nursing teams.

Ray Walker, Director of Nursing at Mersey Care, said: “The prevention and management of pressure ulcers is an issue across the whole health economy due to increasing complexity of patients who remain at home or in residential homes or nursing homes.

“Nationally pressure damage is one of the highest clinical risks, the reduction of pressure ulcers forms part of many national and local initiatives including NICE and CQUIN.

“One of our Trust’s Perfect Care priorities is to reduce the number of pressure ulcers. The focus of the roadshow was to share knowledge, best practice and resources with other mental and physical community services and also some of the local care homes.”

Every year over 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers, which is defined as damage to the skin and the underlying tissue and can affect any part of the body that is put under pressure. Treating pressure ulcers also costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every year.

For further information contact: Myles Hodgson, Media Manager, on 0151-473-2797 or myles.hodgson@merseycare.nhs.uk or Communications on 0151-471-2336.