Health Minister Lesley Griffiths congratulated staff on their achievement on a visit to Morriston Hospital and said it demonstrated how the NHS in Wales has made great strides to improve patient safety and quality of care.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: “My congratulations go to the staff of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board who have demonstrated excellent nursing care in these wards by virtually eliminating bed sores and a highly effective implementation of the SKIN bundle in patients at risk.
“I know we are seeing similar achievements by many more staff on wards across NHS Wales.
“This reflects my expectations of care in all clinical settings throughout the NHS. We need to ensure every patient, every day, gets excellent quality care wherever and whenever they receive it.
“A quality-driven, transparent, NHS Wales is essential to ensure the patient experience is first class in terms of safety, dignity of care, and outcome.”
Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are a problem for patients with limited mobility, or who sit or lie in one position for long periods of time. They can also lead to patients needing surgery, long stays in hospital and can be potentially life-threatening. Treating pressure ulcers is estimated to cost 4p in every £1 of the NHS budget.
Reducing pressure ulcers is a key part of 1000 Lives Plus
, the national improvement programme, supporting organisations and individuals, to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales.
Anglesey Ward in Morriston Hospital was one of a number of wards which piloted the SKIN bundle initiative. The SKIN bundle looks at four key areas to improve patient care: the surface the patient is lying or sitting on, keeping the patient moving, incontinence and nutrition.
Dr Alan Willson, 1000 Lives Plus Director said: “We are delighted to see how the work to reduce pressure ulcers has spread throughout Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and further afield. This success is testament to the dedication and commitment of teams working in the health board to truly put patients at the centre of care.
“Staff at Morriston Hospital have led the way in showing it is possible to eliminate pressure ulcers and protect patients from developing them. There has been international recognition for the work that has been done here, and the best news is that this success is being replicated in hospitals across Wales.”
Picture: ABM Staff involved in pressure ulcer reduction, photographed by 1000 Lives Plus in 2010