Number of bedsores falling at hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 July 2014

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STAFF at Weston General Hospital benefitted from extra training this week in a bid to reduce the number of pressure ulcers patients develop.

Latest figures, for 2012-13, reveal 265 pressure ulcers developed among patients and 24 of them deteriorated to the stage where tendons, muscle or even bone could be visible.

Although the nine per cent deterioration rate is below the national average, Weston Area Health NHS Trust wants to improve its record.

The ulcers are more commonly known as bedsores, as they often occur when someone is laying or sitting in the same position for a long period of time.

Chris Perry, the trust’s director of nursing, said it has invested in new equipment to help ensure the extra training has a positive effect on patients.

Mrs Perry added: “Since 2013 the number of patients with a pressure ulcer acquired at Weston General Hospital has gone down by about 15 per cent. A number of our patients are frail and elderly and particularly susceptible to the ulcers which are extremely unpleasant and cause severe pain and discomfort.

“Although we’re still under the 12.5 per cent national average for deteriorating hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, they’re one of our highest safety priorities.

“We’ve developed an action plan for the next year to reduce as many as possible.”

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