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 evaluation included 35 patients. The outcomes of the evaluation suggest that the SEM scanner provided objective evidence that both the interventions being employed and the increase in repositioning and assessment prevented further incipient skin damage.
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