Journal of Wound Care Awards results 2016
Innovation is a key component of Mölnlycke Health Care's drive to help patients heal and live better lives while helping healthcare workers and clinicians deliver better outcomes. One key area that contributes to making this drive successful is our work in pressure ulcer prevention (PUP) and care.
In keeping with this drive, we sponsored both the Innovation Award and Pressure Care Award categories at the recent Journal of Wound Care (JWC) Awards (external link, opens in a new window), which took place on March 4, 2016 in London.
The JWC Awards, in their fourth year in 2016, recognize individuals and teams from all over the world who show excellence in the field of wound care. We are proud to have sponsored the Innovation Award and the Pressure Care Award this year, and it was our distinct pleasure to be a part of an event that recognizes contributions and excellence in multiple categories across the spectrum of wound-care research and practice.
The Innovation Award: Turning general practice upside-down
This year's winner of the Innovation Award was Sian Cryer, a practice nurse from Cwmbran Village Surgery in Wales. Sian set up an innovative wound clinic to provide optimal wound care within a GP surgery. It has turned general practice wound care upside-down. Practice nurses can offer 'gold standard' wound care at the point of first patient contact rather than having to wait for support from the district nurse or tissue viability team and as a result healing rates improved from below 30 percent to above 60 percent.
Sian embraced new approaches to wound care – to move beyond wound treatment alone to encompass comprehensive wound management. This included taking complete medical histories, visually documenting wounds and looking at the whole picture to guide a full-picture treatment, and this change showed real results.
Looking beyond "the way things have always been done" to new approaches is exactly the kind of everyday innovation that influences and modernizes best practices and leads to better outcomes.
The Pressure Care Award: Simple steps to help with intervention and prevention
The 2016 Pressure Care award was given to the Palliative Community Nursing Team from Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent, England. Their project focused on early detection and prevention of pressure ulcer development in community palliative care patients, who are at high risk of developing skin problems and pressure ulcers. They developed educational materials to help patients and families to raise awareness and to ensure that patients and their carers can be their own best, most vocal advocates.
They also, according to team members Julie Whiffin and Nicola O'Shea, who accepted the award on behalf of the team, fundamentally changed how they work, first and foremost by implementing a recorded risk assessment on first contact with hospice for 94 percent of patients.
In palliative care, the team's biggest goal is to ensure patient safety, comfort and above all, quality of life, which they have achieved by preventing patients from additional suffering and pain and putting more crucial information in the patients' hands.