Stop the Pressure conference highlights dangers of pressure ulcers

Stop The Pressure
Stop the Pressure conference highlights dangers of pressure ulcers
19 November 2015

TISSUE viability nurses at the Trust were joined by fellow health professionals from across the region at a Stop the Pressure conference on 17th November to highlight what can be done to prevent pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores, which can cause long term pain and distress for patients.

The Stop the Pressure conference is the main event of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s annual Pressure Ulcer Awareness Week, which started on Monday 16th and is running until Friday 20th November 2015 as part of national Stop the Pressure Month.

The event was attended by staff nurses, ward managers, practice nurses, district nurses, care home nurses, podiatrists, healthcare assistants and other professional groups responsible for preventing pressure ulcers.

It was an invitation only event for healthcare professionals to raise awareness of how to prevent and treat pressure ulcers which took place at the Village Hotel in Bury.

The theme of the day was putting a stop to pressure ulceration by stimulating debate, discussion and learning.  Ruth May, nurse director of Monitor, formerly Chief Nurse at NHS Midlands and East where the Stop the Pressure Campaign was introduced, was the guest speaker.

Judy Harker, nurse consultant for tissue viability at the Trust, said:

“The conference was packed full of debate, reflection, networking, thinking outside the box and learning. Our guest speaker, Ruth May, the nurse director at Monitor, set the scene at the start of the day talking about how we must work with our student nurses and junior doctors in their pressure ulcer prevention learning, as they are our future clinical leaders. Thank you to all our wonderful, organisers, speakers, sponsors and our staff who attended such a worthwhile event.

“Pressure ulcer prevention continues to be one of our top priorities here at the Trust.  Colleagues at all levels of the organisation from health care assistants right up to the Chief Nurse are all playing their part in the drive towards eradicating pressure ulcers.

“Quality improvement is central to everything we do. The commitment and motivation to drive forward change for our patients is very evident across our different clinical teams. It is important that we celebrate our excellent work and forward plan to prevent pressure ulcers in the future.”

A well as the conference, members of the tissue viability teams at each of the Trust’s hospitals, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and community services, will be distributing resources through the week, including a small amount free cupcakes, to help promote pressure ulcer awareness in hospital restaurants.

Pressure ulcers are caused by damage on the skin and underlying tissue that can lead to an open wound. They are caused by pressure on bony areas like your bottom, heel, hip, elbow, ankle, shoulder and back of your head.

Pressure ulcers are painful and distressing, however many pressure ulcers can be prevented by taking a few simple steps. They are commonly known as bed sores and typically occur among patients who cannot move or who have lost sensation. Prolonged periods of immobility put pressure on the skin, soft tissue, or bone, causing tissue damage to develop.