Jersey’s nursing, medical and education community are being invited to attend a special awareness day in November, shining a spotlight on the issue of avoidable bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers). The day is aimed at care agencies, Occupational Health Teams, Practice Nurses and residential and care homes in the Island.
Hosted by Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC), the ‘Pressure Ulcer Day’ will address the issues of pressure trauma in different environments. Almost half a million people in the UK will develop at least one bed sore each year, which can be painful and distressing for those who are affected. Yet, research shows that between 80% and 95% of these sores are avoidable and can be prevented by taking a few simple steps.
The ‘Pressure Ulcer Day’ is taking place on Worldwide Pressure Injury Intervention Day and is being run by Gilly Glendewar from FNHC, the only Community Tissue Viability Nurse in Jersey. Nurses will be on hand to discuss strategies for tackling some of the most challenging pressure traumas. Mercury Medical will also display and demonstrate relevant equipment from manufacturers such as Talar Made, Dermal, Sumed, Direct Health Care and Convatec.
Mrs Glendewar, said: ‘The day aims to help partners in healthcare to understand the issues of pressure ulcers better and the importance of avoiding them. Not only is this better for patients, but in the UK, it is estimated that each pressure ulcer adds £4,000 to the cost of care, because of the need to treat, dress and cure them.
This is the first time we have had an awareness day in Jersey with products and equipment being available to everyone. This is an important information day which is free to all health care professionals, and I would encourage nurses, doctors and other care professionals to consider attending.’
The FNHC ‘Pressure Ulcer Day’ is taking place on Thursday 17th November, at Hotel de France, in the Golden Room. The event is free to attend and pre registration is not required. Light refreshments will also be available.