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Pressure ulcers - reducing the number that patients develop

Pressure ulcers - reducing the number that patients develop

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To improve the number of pressure ulcers patients are developing under our care.

"We are aiming to reduce the number of pressure ulcers that patients under our care are developing. Our aim is to understand what the contributory factors are and root causes of patients developing pressure ulcers."

During the initial data collection period the team observed a number of visits to patients homes and pressure ulcer panel meetings, as well as holding focus groups with patients and carers, and examining data from different areas within the trust and nationally. 

Incidents of pressure ulcers were found to be most prevalent within the community, in people's homes, and our community teams will all be affected by changes and improvements.

The examination of all the information collected during the week-long Rapid Process Improvement Workshop in September 2018 highlighted a number of opportunities for improvement within some key areas; training, reporting, documentation and the availability of equipment for patients.

Since then the team embarked on a roadshow in December, visiting every community team in Southern Health with their plans for change, bringing the whole county along on their transformation journey! Already the planned changes to how pressure ulcers are reported are in place, and staff have been enabled to work more remotely so that care plans and treatment plans can be completed in patient's homes while on the visit. This is a simple change with huge effects.

The next steps for early 2019 are to record the e-learning package and roll this out to teams, which has been rewritten to reflect the improvements, and to continue working with partners in the local authority and CCGs in Hampshire to reduce waiting times for equipment being delivered to patients at home.

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