The community Tissue Viability Nurses (TVNs) have been supporting both nursing and residential homes during the Covid 19 pandemic to minimise the risk of patients developing pressure or moisture damage to skin.
Pressure ulcers can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. They are caused by a combination of pressure from body weight pressing against a hard surface resulting in damage to the blood supply to that area, and may damage the deeper layers of the skin. Common places for pressure ulcers include the hips, heels, buttocks, toes, elbows and the back of the head.
The TVNs produced and provided information packs for around fifty care homes across north Cumbria. The packs include advice on pressure ulcer prevention, continence management, skin and wound care for patients and carers. The information is used in collaboration with the usual community nursing team or TVNs to support staff to be able to change simple dressings and provide care for residents whilst shielding precautions are in place.
Care homes have given very positive feedback, and state that they feel far more informed and confident to manage their residents appropriately and in a timely manner, which has been reflected in the number of referrals to the TVN service.
Pictured here is Ann Austin, Tissue Viability Nurse.