Responding well to pressure

A team of Leeds researchers has won an award for improving the care of patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers.

The PURPOSE Risk Assessment research team has won the 2015 Wound Assessment and Diagnostics Award from the Journal of Wound Care.

The team, which includes:

  • Dr Susanne Coleman, Professor Jane Nixon, Delia Muir, Isabelle Smith, and Lyn Wilson - Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research
  • Professor Justin Keen - Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Professor Andrea Nelson - School of Healthcare
  • Nikki Stubbs - Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Dr Elizabeth McGinnis – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Honorary Professor Carol Dealey, University of Birmingham

won the award for its development of a new, evidence-based diagnostic tool – PURPOSE T - for the treatment of pressure ulcers.

The team has identified the factors most likely to lead to patients developing pressure ulcers, consulted with international experts and service users to agree content for PURPOSE T, tested the tool with clinical nurses and evaluated its use with 230 patients.

The development of PURPOSE T means that all patients can be screened to assess their risk of developing pressure ulcers, and a patient’s individual risk profile can be taken into account, so individual care and better preventative treatment can be planned.

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