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'Please Turn Over' campaign to help people prevent pressure ulcers 

Specialist staff at Salisbury District Hospital kick off their 'Please Turn Over' (PTO) pressure ulcer campaign for patients, public and staff with an exhibition and demonstration of pressure relieving equipment in the hospital's Springs Restaurant on Monday, October 12.



Senior Sister Paula Shaw, Medical Engineer Bill Cox-Martin with a visitor trying out the pressure mapping equipment and wheelchair in main reception at Salisbury District Hospital. The equipment works by monitoring pressure through a special mat placed on a wheelchair seat so that a person can choose the most appropriate seating for their wheelchair.


During the two week PTO campaign, specialist staff will also be on hand to give advice and information for visitors and patients in Main Reception on October 13 and 19 and in Springs Restaurant on October 20.


As part of the campaign staff will also be able to find out about the latest techniques and equipment to help manage pressure sores in hospital through a range of lectures and interactive sessions.


Liz Crockford, Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse said: " This is an important campaign which will give us a real opportunity to highlight what people can do to help prevent pressure ulcers developing and, if they do, to ensure that the ulcer is managed properly."


Pressure ulcers are sometimes known as pressure sores or bed sores and are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue. They are caused by unrelieved pressure,  particularly over a bony area,  shearing force (when a part of the body tries to move but the surface of the skin remains fixed), or friction.


Mrs Crockford added: "Anyone can develop a pressure ulcer, although the elderly, people with specific conditions such as diabetes and wheelchair users are more susceptible. It's important that people who are most at risk inspect their skin regularly, try and maintain a balanced and healthy diet, and move and change  position frequently, whether in bed or in a chair." Ends  


Notes to editors:

There will be a photo opportunity on Tuesday 13th October at 11am in the Main Reception at Salisbury District Hospital.  If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).


If you would further information please contact:

Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
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