News and Updates for todays Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life
Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life
Ray Samuriwo, Chair, Tissue Viability Society & Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
Many recent studies and reports have highlighted shortcomings in the pressure ulcer related care that people receive at the end of life. Research also indicates that nurses find it challenging to make decisions about this aspect of patient care because of concerns about adding to the patient’s distress, upsetting the patient and their loved ones. Skin care, is a fundamental aspect of care which ensures a comfortable and dignified death for terminally ill patients at the end of life.
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Pressure Ulcer Prevention at the End of Life
Susy Pramod, Tissue Viability Nurse, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
The changes to the dying patents were recently summarized by an expert panel who termed the phenomenon Skin Changes At Life’s End (SCALE).When the dying process compromises the homeostatic mechanisms of the body, a number of vital organs may become compromised. The skin, the largest organ of the body can become dysfunctional with varying degrees of resultant compromise. When these compromised states occur, the manifestations are termed as Skin Changes At Life’s End (SCALE).
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Managing pressure ulcers at the End of Life
Tina Chambers, Past Chair, Tissue Viability Society, Tissue Viability Consultant Educator and Advisor
Tina qualified as a nurse in 1986 at the West Hertfordshire School of Nursing in Watford (Herts.) and has worked in a variety of clinical areas since this time including surgical, medical, intensive care, primary care, elderly care and rehabilitation. Tina has a BSc (hons) in Specialist Nursing Practice (Tissue Viability) and is currently practicing as an independent Tissue Viability Consultant; prior to this she was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability in the NHS for 17 years. The geography of the NHS organisations she has worked for, have changed around her and latterly has been more acute focused. Tina has however 12 years’ experience of community and mental health in addition to the acute issues of Tissue Viability. Tina’s practiced until recently clinically in a hospice in Hampshire and is working with a number of nursing homes.
Pressure Ulcers Monitoring, Reporting & Improvement: Implementing the 2018 NHS Improvement Recommendations
Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life: Second National Conference
12 October 2018