Barnsley Hospital has been successful in receiving funding from NHS England due to it’s commitment to preventing hospital acquired pressure ulcers. The Trust has supported the “React to Red” Pressure Ulcer Prevention campaign and with the funds has been able to employ a part time React to Red Clinical Support Nurse (RTR CSN).

Scarlet Darling (above left) – who works part time as a Tissue Viability Nurse – was successful in securing the role and will be instrumental in delivering the training to RTR champions, developing their roles in order that they, in turn, can roll out the training to nursing staff within their wards /departments.

As part of the ‘World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcers’ day, Scarlet recently hosted a launch day for the RTR training programme in the hospital restaurant.

She said: “The RTR concept is gathering speed nationally, and much interest has been shown from other Trusts / CCGs around the country.
“Ours is the first Acute Trust to fully roll out the training programme, so this is a real chance for us to celebrate excellence and pave the way for other acute Trusts in the future.
“We will be keeping you posted in the coming months as to how the implementation of the training programme is progressing.”

“React to Red” is a training tool designed to help nursing / care home staff recognise patient risk factors and the early warning signs (areas of red skin) that pressure, shear and friction are developing, prompting them to react and ensure preventative measures are in place.

The importance of re-positioning patients in the prevention of hospital acquired pressure ulcers cannot be underestimated. As part of a pressure ulcer prevention drive last year, the Tissue Viability / Service Improvement teams developed a re-positioning clock to be placed behind the patients bed.

The aim of the clock was to serve as a visual reminder, not only to inform staff that patient re-positioning was due to take place at a specific time, but also inform the patient, their families / carers and the wider multidisciplinary team.

A trial of the clock took place last year on the care of the elderly wards 19 / 20 and showed the following improvements:
“Timely Turns” UP (65% to 88%)
“Missed Turns” DOWN (17% to 4%)
“Delayed Turns” DOWN (22% to 8%)

In view of the successful outcome of the trial on ward 19 / 20, the Trust has committed to the implementation of the re-positioning clock across all in-patient ward areas. A new magnetic clock has been designed and distributed and is now in use Trust wide. For further information, please contact the Tissue Viability team.