What is it about?

Skin assessment is a practical means of determining risk or identifying the start of pressure-related damage. It should be a regular occurrence along the care pathway to foster Tissue Viability (TV) assessments. However, anecdotal reports reflect that nurses and midwives do not manage TV in Uganda due to various factors, including the lack of training in the basic nursing and midwifery curricula.

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Why is it important?

There is a large number of patients living with untreated and undiagnosed pressure ulcers in Uganda. However, no data is available to support evidence-based practice (EBP) for recommended standards that are fundamental for every care setting. It is also essential for organizations to establish a robust pressure ulcer prevention policy committed to ongoing education.

Perspectives

Nursing practice in the 21st century has evolved significantly and is diverse. Nurses now have Nursing specialist fields that exist, and nursing knowledge and expertise continues to evolve professionally through CPD and advanced practice opportunities. As a result of the TV training, there is a great need to strengthen the chosen champions to support pressure area care by creating collaborative training for the team of champions/link nurses.

Elizabeth Pearson

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This page is a summary of: Developing multidisciplinary education programmes in Uganda, British Journal of Nursing, June 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2021.30.12.s34.
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