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Working towards achieveing "no needless skin breakdown" across the SHA Hot

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Briefly describe what it is

Working as part of South Central Patient Safety federation the no needless skin breakdown work stream brings together acute and community Trusts to achieve a Vision of "no needless skin breakdown with in the SHA"

Were there any key things that you had to do to make it happen?

leadership of a key executive nursing lead. Bringing expertise and network from across SHA to form individual working groups to consider, ways of measuring sucess (development of metrics), education, raising the profile of Pressure injury within the organisations,and use of resoources through networking.

Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on quality of care

Through raising the profile of pressure injuries through out the Strategic Health Authority. Pressure ulcers have become a key quality indicator, with patient safety investigations undertaken for all grade 4 pressure ulcers where the learning is shared within the federation in order that future patients benefit from this learning.

Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on patient (or staff) experience

The profile of pressure ulcers has been raised amongst individual Trusts, nursing directors and matrons all who are working towards non needless skin breakdown.
A pressure ulcer may be life or limb threatening and have a serious impact on patients quality of life. Each one prevented ensure

Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on reducing cost

Pressure ulcers are said to cost the UK between £1.8 - £2.9 Billion. Reduction of pressure ulcers. Indivisual pressure ulcers can cost up to £40,000 to treat.

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Pressure ulcers, working together,

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