Background/context Following a reported serious incident and the subsequent root cause analysis, we were asked to develop and deliver ward based training sessions for all nursing and health care assistants to increase confidence in patient examination and body mapping.
Methodology (used or planned) A simulated patient with a complex medical history and planned surgery had identifiable stickers on his body positioned over bony prominences.
Staff took the patient’s initial observations and a history to make decisions about the nursing care the patient would need. The patient was examined and as each sticker was found, a question relating to pressure ulcer cause, assessment or treatment was asked. The anatomical location of each sticker and the ulcer type description was recorded.
Further development of the quiz has led to the creation of a series of hyperlinked questions and images that are shown on an iPad.
Work with the Trust’s Pressure ulcer and nutrition team is on-going to ensure that the content fits with further revisions to nursing documentation and clinical skills.
Results/outcomes (anticipated or recorded to date) The feedback from the participants was wholly positive.
The sessions are being repeated along with presentations to all the link nurses in the Trust. Our simulation team is liaising with NHS England to see how this work could be used nationally under the Stop the Pressure initiative.
Potential impact Reduction in pressure ulcers, better care, reduction in stay, less cost to the NHS
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