Specialist Nurses at George Eliot hospital are inviting local nursing and care home staff to attend a series of educational events aiming to tackle the incidence of pressure ulcers in the community
The free events on 15th June, 14th September and 14th December, explore many aspects of tissue viability, with a strong focus in helping the fight to stop pressure ulcers in their tracks.
These insightful and popular link nurse days are held at the George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre, College Street, Nuneaton, CV10 7DJ. The events run from 9am to 4.30pm.
This extended ‘Tissue Viability Link Nurse Group’ approach was launched in 2013 to share advice about the recognition of risk factors and the importance of holistic assessment including good skin care, manual handling (incorporating equipment), correct seating, posture and many useful elements that will reduce the risk from pressure ulcers.
In addition, quarterly projects initiated by the groups, during these education days, are actively helping to eliminate pressure ulcers in both the hospital and the community settings.
Specialist Nurse and Service Lead, Lorraine Thursby said: "We originally started these events for our own staff but extended this training to others who also work also with our most vulnerable patients out in the community. Recognition of risk and implementation of early prevention will actively reduce the chances for pressure ulcer development.
“Our events have attracted up to eighty nurses and care home staff and their feedback has shown that from these days, the shared learning from each other, can really make a difference. We have had some amazing experiences as a result of this sharing reported back to us and this goes a long way in benefiting the care of our patients both in hospital and the care homes.
“Feedback from the events has demonstrated that people who attend are able to make better skin assessments, know the signs to look for and improve the quality of life for residents, by helping to treat them earlier. The events cover all aspects of tissue viability but there is a strong focus on pressure ulcers.”
“We work hard to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers at the Hospital, and this is another example of the dedication of our staff helping the fight to eliminate pressure ulcers both within the hospital and outside in the community.”
Staff from local Nursing and Care Homes can find out more information and book a place at future events by emailing TissueViability.Mailbox@geh.nhs.uk
Please confirm by Friday 8th June if your link nurses will be attending the June event. Please send their details to TissueViability.Mailbox@geh.nhs.uk as we need to confirm numbers for catering purposes).
Please note: The 14th of December event is a change from the previously advertised date in December.)