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104 Simple and Holistic Assessment of Skin Integrity Factors in Patients Receiving Palliative Care
  1. Peter Ford, Staff Nurse,
  2. Catherine Howlett, Director of Nursing and
  3. Angela Marston, Clinical Lead Nurse
  1. Inpatient Unit
  2. Katharine House Hospice, Stafford

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Introduction: Reducing the risk of pressure ulcer development requires timely, accurate assessment and the appropriate deployment of pressure-relieving equipment. Staff at this hospice recognised that available assessment tools were not wholly appropriate for patients with palliative care needs. In 1995, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidelines on the assessment of skin status. These guidelines and palliative care expertise led to the development of SKINZONE, an assessment tool and intervention indicator. Aims and objectives: To devise a simple system to provide staff with an immediate risk indicator for related individual interventions. Method: (1) SKINZONE was developed using a traffic light system indicating three levels of risk, green, …

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