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Coventry care homes lead the way in preventing avoidable pressure ulcers for their residents

Published Thursday, 24 August 2017

Proud staff at three care homes in Coventry are amongst the first to receive dual accreditation in both the React to Red Skin campaign and Infection Control certificates.

Weavers care home

The certificates were awarded after helping to significantly reduce avoidable pressure ulcers and improve care across the Coventry area.

The Weavers, Cordelia Court and Sovereign House care homes each took part in a new ‘React to Red Skin’ training course, implemented by Coventry City Council, NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and national charity Your Turn. The training seeks to educate staff on how to spot the signs of pressure ulcers, and has resulted in no new avoidable pressure ulcers being diagnosed since its inception.

A number of other care homes are in their second and third years of accreditation for ‘React to Red Skin’, demonstrating their commitment to improving the care their residents receive. In total, over 2,400 care home and domiciliary care staff have completed training, which also covers best practice guidance.

A pressure ulcer (sometimes called a bed sore or pressure sore) is when a person’s skin and underlying tissue is damaged by unrelieved pressure, causing a painful sore which can be life threatening. Pressure ulcers affect around 700,000 people in the UK every year and many of these will develop whilst a person is being cared for in a hospital, nursing home or care home. They are estimated to cost the NHS up to £2 billion a year in care costs and are extremely painful but around 95 per cent are avoidable.

Angela Johnson, Home Manager said: “All of the training and the hard work that the care home staff has carried out reflects in the excellent care being delivered to residents.

“At Weavers Care Home, it is paramount that all of our staff are provided with the knowledge that they need to work in this type of environment. This helps to prevent pressure areas developing on elderly residents’ skin, which could result in open wounds.

Sandra Fulton, Care Homes Lead Nurse at NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:  “Congratulations to all staff at the care homes, this clearly is a testament to the hard work and dedication driven by the care homes. The CCG-led campaign has targeted care homes across Coventry and Rugby achieving considerable success, including a significant decline in pressure ulcers.”

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