Just over half of care homes for adults across Scotland have implemented a tool to help record and monitor pressure ulcers.
The NHSScotland Pressure Ulcer Safety Cross aims to offer information to support better practice with pressure ulcers, helping care homes to understand the following:
- What are we trying to accomplish? (eg reduce acquired pressure ulcers by 50 per cent within the next six months)
- How will we know that a change is an improvement? (identify the effectiveness of an intervention)
The tool is easy to use and it only needs to be completed once a day.
Data collected helps to:
- raise awareness within the team and others regarding, for example, how many pressure ulcers are acquired in your care area
- improve patient safety
- promote good practice (i.e. look at how many days have gone by without a new pressure ulcer occurring)
- provide real time incidence data
- link the data to an improvement aim.
The Care Inspectorate‘s Health and Wellbeing Improvement Team are planning a webinar on this topic for care homes, supported by the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurse Specialists (Scotland).