pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

East Lancashire NHS Trust Sign Up To Your Turn

East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust Community Division has joined forces with national campaign, Your Turn, to help to educate local people about pressure ulcer prevention. The Your Turn campaign, which is being funded by Rossendale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is aimed at educating people about the risk of pressure ulcers, an injury to the skin that can lead to serious infection and even death. 

Roughly 1000 people a year die as a direct result of pressure ulcers in England. The initial campaign will focus on care homes in the Rossendale area and will provide education to patients, families and staff member about the risk of developing pressure ulcers and how to avoid them.

The campaign will launch with an event at Haslingden Link on 15th January 2013 where information will be available to a wide range of healthcare services who will be affected by the pressure ulcer prevention campaign..

Dr Peter Williams, GP clinical lead for Rossendale locality, said: “The most effective way of reducing the number of avoidable pressure ulcers both in hospitals and out in the community is by educating people.  I’m pleased to be leading on the commissioning of a service that I hope will have a positive impact in Rossendale and that we have been able to fund it from our innovation budget.”

This is the first Your Turn campaign to be funded by a CCG and is therefore likely to be followed closely but other CCG’s around the country.  Driven by the Integrated Wound Care & Respiratory Services and Lancashire County Council’s Social Care Commissioner, this pilot project is just the start of an on-going campaign across the Trust to eradicate preventable pressure ulcers in the borough. 

“The vast majority of pressure ulcers are entirely avoidable,” comments Marcia Haworth, Operational Manager for Integrated Wound Care and Respiratory Services.  “The Your Turn campaign aims at providing a basic level of education about prevention which will help many people to avoid getting pressure ulcers at all.  The steps that can be taken to avoid pressure ulcers are really simple and don’t cost anything.  This pilot project in Rossendale will prove that education is the key to ensuring preventable pressure ulcers are stamped out.”

Ann Smith, Social Care Commissioner for Lancashire County Council added , “Those people who are most at risk are those who have trouble moving and cannot change position themselves, have a poor diet and don’t drink enough fluids, have other related conditions such as incontinence or those who cannot feel pain over part or all of their body.  This campaign will tackle these issues head on.”