Delight as health project shortlisted for award

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A project which has saved hundreds of people from painful and possibly fatalwounds has been shortlisted for a major international award.

The Care Home Project was set up by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust to educate care home staff about pressure ulcers, and what they can do to prevent them.

In a year the project reduced the number of care home residents suffering from pressure ulcers from 34 a month to just three a month.

Now the three-strong trust team of tissue viability nurses have been shortlisted in the pressure care category of the Journal of Wound Care awards. This is a major international accolade - last year winners came from Denmark, the Irish Republic, Israel, Italy, Norway and Turkey, as well as the UK.

Laura Browne, one of the trio, said: “In 2012 we started to get a lot of concerns coming through from our community nursing teams on the level of pressure ulcers that were developing in care homes.

“A pressure ulcer is an area of localised damage to the skin, usually caused by pressure. It was causing a lot of harm to patients, so we needed to do something about it.”