National training campaign ‘React to Red’ aims to teach health care professionals about the dangers of pressure ulcers, how potential risks can be identified and ways in which these injuries can be prevented.

Care home residents are often at significant risk of developing pressure injuries as a result of immobility, age associated illnesses, fragile skin and/or nutritional deficiency.

‘React to red’ has now been launched in Bury following the ‘interest and commitment from colleagues working in residential care locally.’1 Around 30 care home representatives attended the ‘react to red’ launch in the area to see how they can benefit from the campaign.

Clare Holder, designated nurse for adult safeguarding, at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group said,

‘The good news is that by identifying where a person is at risk, many pressure ulcers can be successfully avoided.’2

This in turn could work to reduce the volume of patients being admitted to hospital from care homes, helping to relieve the pressure on the NHS to care for an avoidable injury, each costing over £4000 in additional care.

 

1&2: https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/news-and-events/news/2017/02/bury-care-staff-react-to-red-to-prevent-pressure-ulcers/