West Suffolk Hospital launch ulcer campaign

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A new campaign cracking down on pressure ulcers has been launched at West Suffolk Hospital.

“React to red” has been designed to raise awareness of the steps which staff can take to minimise the chance of their patients developing the painful sores.

Its aim is to reduce the number of avoidable pressure ulcers – which stood at 19 for the last quarter of 2015/16 – by 25 per cent within six months.

Pressure ulcers develop when an area of skin is put under pressure, such as from prolonged bed rest.

They can become so severe that they lead to open wounds and, in some cases, can even expose the bone and cause the amputation of a limb.

The hospital has taken a number of steps to reduce the chances of developing ulcers and further improve patient safety.

Danielle Elliott, senior matron with the hospital’s surgery division, said: “At West Suffolk Hospital, we strive to ensure that we are delivering the best quality and the safest care to our community.”

“This new campaign builds on our existing focus on prevention.

“It reminds staff to check every patient regularly so that we can help them change position or check their skin and make sure they have enough to eat and drink.”