09 October 2018

A Trust District Nurse has showcased her innovative project to reduce pressure sores at the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Annual Conference.

Sarah Stringer, a member of the Trust’s Bedfordshire Community Health Services (BCHS), has created an educational tool to help carers increase their understanding of pressure sores.

She created a laminated leaflet for carers containing information, clear supporting images and a traffic light design theme to illustrate the different stages of pressure sores.

The work, part of her Masters studies, has included gathering and analysing data to chart understanding of the issue before and after the leaflet was provided.

The pilot project was run in Central Bedfordshire for six months and focused on care homes staff.

“Pressure ulcers cost the NHS more than £2bn a year and a huge number of cases are avoidable,” said Sarah, who is on secondment as a Community Matron.

“Carers can play a vital role in reducing that number through early intervention and better understand of preventative steps, but my personal experience is that carers don’t have the knowledge needed.

“The aim of my project is to provide a clear, simple educational tool that can be referenced and understood by carers.”

Sarah shared her work with other Queen’s Nurses at the conference in London on September 24.