Background & Objectives

District general hospital receiving medical, surgical and orthopaedic admissions with high proportion of over 65s. Despite implementation of SSKIN bundle and other collaborative efforts the incidence of pressure ulcers/injuries continued to be of concern.

Materials & Methods

SEM Scanner was piloted on one ward for 2 months on medical and non-elective surgery patients who were deemed at risk according to the Waterlow Risk Assessment Tool. 35 patients. Heels and sacrum scanned x1 per day.

The Results

100% of patients had scanner readings indicative of pressure induced damage
Allowed targeted interventions to be implemented resulting in none of the 35 patients developing a PU/PI
Post the evaluation period the incidence of pressure ulcers/injury reverted to pre-evaluation levels

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