Nurses granted ulcer funding

PUBLISHED: 15:55 19 June 2012

The information card is being trialled in three residential homes

The information card is being trialled in three residential homes

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TWO nurses have been awarded national funding to help tackle pressure ulcers in elderly patients.

Linda Davies and Sali Humphreys, who work for North Somerset Community Partnership, will be given funding from the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Pressure ulcers are considered a major risk to older people who lack mobility or have poor circulation. But the pair hope by advising patients they may manage to stop early problems developing.

Initially an information card will be sent to three residential homes to measure its effectiveness and to judge whether any improvements can be made.

Ms Humphreys said: “We chose to target patients in residential homes because we know that patients needing residential care are often at risk of developing pressure ulcers.

“The pilot will provide us with an understanding of the benefits and effectiveness of this type of educational resource. The long term aim is to have this type of resource more widely available for the general public.”

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