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UK Case studies2018-03-07T11:50:22+00:00
Chasing Zero Results2018-07-20T12:29:23+00:00

Background & Objectives

Virgin Care Community hospital inpatient service improvement project aimed at supporting early identification and prevention of avoidable hospital acquired pressure ulcers. The project included:

Feasibility pilot of the SEM Scanner
Implementation of a new Pressure Damage Prevention Bundle

Materials & Methods

2 rehabilitation wards selected; 234 patients

6 month feasibility ran June – November 2015

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Bundle included:

Use of the SEM Scanner

Risk matrix tool – to segment patients into 4 categories of risk and guide in clinical decision making

The Results

  • Feasibility phase – grade II to IV reduced by 95%
  • Maintain during introduction of the full prevention bundle
  • Technology was easy to use – reported by 75% nurses
  • Staff reported the time spent carrying out the scanning a downside – this was offset by the positive elements of this time being spent focused on assessing patients skin from a tissue damage perspective

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Decrease Pressure Injuries2018-07-20T12:28:16+00:00

Background & Objectives

504 bedded community hospital. 2010 spot prevalence study identified a prevalence of 25% and incidence close to 15%: despite implementation of multiple activities, there continued to be occurrence of avoidable pressure injury.

Materials & Methods

April 2016 clinical evaluation of the SEM Scanner commenced broken into 2 phases.

Phase 1 (Preparation)

Establishing a baseline and to control for the “Hawthorn” effect. Device used to scan all newly admitted patients on a medical/stoke unit for one month with standard PI intervention protocol based only on nurse’s visual assessment.

Phase 2 (Evaluation)

Two cohorts of patients, 235 patients.
1. Immobile patients admitted to the ALC unit scanned from admission
2. Immobile patients newly admitted – scanned at Emergency Department and followed for 3 days during first 7 days from admission.

In both groups interventions were based on scanner readings and standard care protocol.

The Results

Phase 1: 89 patients scanned; 13.4% incidence | Phase 2: 146 patients scanned; 1.3% incidence
Scanner reduced incidence 10 time (90% reduction)

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Improved Patient Safety2018-07-20T12:29:05+00:00

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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*Pending FDA decision, not for sale in the US