Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Preventing and treating pressure ulcers


Poor management and treatment of pressure ulcers in the community can lead to discomfort and pain for patients and in the most severe cases hospital admission and surgery. They can also be life threatening.

RUBIS.Qi is working with The Health Foundation to support the scaling up of the PROMISE project which is led by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  The project aims to scale up the use of mattress and chair sensors to around 160 patients’ homes with the aim of alleviating discomfort and reducing pressure damage. The sensors work by continuously measuring and recording the patient’s body surface pressures. A computer then displays the interface pressures in real time and visually identifies the areas of the body under sustained pressure. This helps the patient or carer to better understand the positions that are likely to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers.

A previous Health Foundation project found that many of the chairs and mattresses currently used in the community are not fit for purpose for patients who are quite immobile and who do not change their position much. It also found that using technology can help to improve clinical outcomes with 80 per cent of pressure ulcers healed as well as a reduction in the number of unavoidable pressure injuries and medical device related injuries.

The Promise project is in partnership with Plymouth University, the University of Southampton, Solent Community Trust, Cedar (Cardiff and Vale University Health Board), Live Well Plymouth Community and Torbay Community Trust.

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Project lead: Nicci Aylward-Wotton, tissue viability nurse consultant at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust nicci.aylward-wotton@nhs.net

RUBIS.Qi improvement coach: Annie Laverty

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