Local patients star in video – to help others

By GEM Staff Reporter in Local People

LOCAL patients with pressure ulcers are taking a starring role in a new video – in the hope it could spare others the same painful condition.

The video explains what people can do to encourage healing – and how to help prevent ulcers occurring in the first place.

Alfred Kennedy, from Bridgend, one of the patients who took part in the video.

It has been produced by ABMU’s Morriston Hospital-based Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Intervention Service (PUPIS) in collaboration with eHealth Digital Media.

District nurses are showing the eight-minute video to people with pressure ulcers – or potentially at risk – in their own homes, after ABMU was given a Welsh Government grant to develop and evaluate a pressure ulcer care app.

PUPIS clinical nurse specialist Susan Flavin said: “They had absolutely no problem at all with taking part. They wanted to help prevent someone else going through what they had. Because they had experienced it, the information was much more profound than if it had come from a healthcare professional.”

Pressure ulcers can occur in people with limited mobility, who may sit or lie in one position for long periods of time. With blood flow restricted to bony parts of their body, there can be severe tissue damage.

The impact on the patient can be devastating and in some cases may lead to major surgery.

The video is also available to ABMU staff as part of a wider pressure ulcer awareness campaign.

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