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A collaborative approach to the introduction of a pressure ulcer prevention framework to a Romanian Hospital

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A collaborative approach to the introduction of a pressure ulcer prevention framework to a Romanian Hospital

Authors: Helen Fearnley¹, Ramona Marincas ², Aura Bora ², Carole Hallam ³, Mel Johnson ⁴ 
¹Lead Tissue Viability Nurse, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ²Director of Nursing & Chief Nurse for the Surgical ward, Zalau County Hospital, ³Senior Nurse, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, ⁴Programme Manager, Improvement Academy, Bradford Institute for Health Research

Introduction

Medical Support Romania (MSR) has been facilitating the improvement of health services in Zalau, Romania for over 20 years. It has fostered the development of professional relationships in order to improve clinical care through collaboration.

One aspect of care that has been developed is that of pressure ulcer prevention. Pressure ulcers can cause psychological suffering, pain and increase the risk of infection (Spilsbury et al., 2007; Gorecki et al., 2014). This is a significant concern for healthcare organisations because of the impact on patients and the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services (Dixon-Woods et al., 2014). This poster describes the improvement to pressure ulcer prevention that has occurred as a result of collaboration, utilisation of improvement methodology and leadership over several years in Zalau Hospital.

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