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Stop the Pressure

Tina Chambers Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist and Vice Chair of the Tissue Viability Society opened today’s Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers conference with an update on the stop the pressure campaign.
 
Tina Chambers full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.
 
Tina commented: 
 

‘NHS England are now saying 80% of pressure ulcers are avoidable’ ‘In the context of heels this may help us to reduce those figures significantly’

‘patients with diabetes who lose a limb due to pressure ulcers have a significant mortality rate’

‘stop the pressure campaign – determines most effective ways of communicating about pressure ulcers’

‘The organisations and countries who have been using the pressure ulcer tool have noticed a reduction in pressure ulcers’

In her presentation Tina states: 
 

“Pressure Ulcers are one of our key safety issues and certainly an area of negligence that is rising in litigation claims – overseas and in the UK”

“Data has been instrumental in driving forward improvements and it is well documented that measuring safety and levels of harm that it improves care by raising explicit attention to the issue – Focusing on PU as a harm has had a positive effect”

“We are working with Monitor to review an updated economic analysis of pressure ulcers”

“A significant amount of work has taken place across Midlands & East since the launch of the StP campaign. Since 2012 this has expanded further across the NHS through the national CQUIN ST to report patient harms with the intention of reducing those harms”

“The 4 harms – PU, CAUTI, Falls and VTE were identified because they are common harms and there is a clinical consensus that they are largely preventable through appropriate patient care. The importance of measuring more than one harm was felt to ensure that by focussing on just one area other aspects of care standards did not fall”

“Enventure research were commissioned to determine the most effective approach to a communication campaign – this was then targeted with patient and carer engagement, support and buy in”

“Student engagement has become significant in relation to StP”

 

Tina began her nursing career in 1983 Training in the West Hertfordshire School of nursing. She undertook the BSc (Hons) in Specialist Nursing Practice (Tissue Viability) in 2000 and has been in her current post for 14 years and currently works part time. During this time she has provided a service to community, mental health and acute patients of all age groups. Current remit is for Acute Trust.

Tina has a keen interest in most areas of Tissue Viability and is currently proud to be the Chairperson of the Tissue Viability Society, the world’s oldest Tissue Viability / wound care organisation. Has in the past been the chair of several regional groups of Tissue Viability nurses. In 2010- 2012 was the Project Manager lead for the Patient Safety Federation No Needless Skin breakdown work stream and continues to be the coordinator of this virtual group. She has worked with Connecting for Health on the electronic patient record.

Future events of interest:

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Wednesday 2 December 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Nurse Prescribing for Wound Care
Tuesday 19 January 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 


Download: Tina Chambers Full Presentation

24 September 2015

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