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  • Pressure Care Injuries Assessment and Stages | Cubro
    using a risk assessment tool Caution Do not rely on the results of a risk assessment tool alone when assessing an individual s pressure ulcer risk When using a risk assessment tool select a tool that is appropriate to the population is valid and is reliable Skin and Tissue Assessment Ensure that a complete skin assessment is part of the risk assessment screening policy in place in all health care settings Educate health professionals on how to undertake a comprehensive skin assessment that includes the techniques for identifying blanching response localised heat oedema and induration Commonly Used Structured Risk Assessment Tools Waterlow Pressure Injury Prevention Treatment Policy Norton scale assessment Braden Scale Assessment Stages of Pressure Ulcers Stage 1 A persistent area of red skin that may itch or hurt and feel warm and spongy or firm to the touch For people with darker skin the mark may appear to have a blue or purple cast or look flaky or ashen Stage 1 wounds are superficial and go away soon after pressure is relieved Stage 2 At this point some skin loss has already occurred either in the epidermis the outmost layer of skin the dermis the skin s deeper layer or in both The wound is now an open sore that looks like a blister or an abrasion and the surrounding tissues may show red or purple discolouration If treated promptly Stage 2 sores usually heal fairly quickly Stage 3 By the time a pressure ulcer reaches Stage 3 it has extended through all the skin layers down to the muscle damaging or destroying the affected tissue and creating a deep crater like wound Stage 4 In the most serious and advanced stage a large scale loss of skin occurs along with damage to the muscle bone and even

    Original URL path: http://www.cubro.co.nz/cms/Pressure-Care-Injuries-Assessment (2016-05-02)
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  • The Cost of Pressure Injuries
    care In November 2015 the New Zealand Ministry of Health released a project document jointly funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation ACC and the Health Quality Safety Commission HQSC titled The case for investment in A quality improvement programme to reduce pressure injuries in New Zealand This project document takes the stance that most pressure injuries are preventable and their prevention would create health savings of up to 694 million per year This report includes initiatives from other countries such as the Netherlands and the United Kingdom who have been able to successfully reduce pressure injuries by implementation of quality improvement projects Overview of Pressure Injury Pressure ulcers bed sores and pressure sores are all examples of pressure injuries The term pressure injury is often used because the vast majority of pressure ulcers are preventable evidence suggests up to 95 ACC claims being lodged under the treatment injuries category is on the increase with nurses being more aware of the fact that if a claim is lodged clients can then get the help they need which includes special pressure relieving equipment There is an ongoing push for pressure injuries to be considered a serious incident and to be treated accordingly due to the associated costs to healthcare and the reduced quality of life a client experiences when such an injury has occurred Aetiology A pressure ulcer is a localised injury to the skin and or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear or friction Pressure areas often develop on the sacrum greater trochanter ischial tuberosity and the heels but can develop anywhere on the body including the coccyx occiput clavicle ear and nose Essentially pressure in this context is the compression of blood vessels in the soft tissue that occludes or partially occludes blood flow to the tissue causing ischaemia Sustained pressure causing ischaemia will cause tissue necrosis Individuals have differing levels of tissue tolerance and the ability to withstand pressure A pressure injury can occur very rapidly often within two to four hours Pressure can be three to five times higher when located on a bony prominence Shearing is a lateral force that also has the ability to restrict blood flow to the soft tissue This lateral force also causes damage to the soft tissue This often occurs when a patient s body has moved such as sliding down the bed while the skin remains in the same location Friction is often due to poor transfer techniques This is a mechanical force that removes the top layer of skin causing deterioration in skin condition and increasing the risk of a pressure injury Risk Factors Aging Due to musculoskeletal changes skin structure changes cognitive changes self care ability continence muscle mass mobility Spinal cord injury A history of previous pressure ulcers Co morbidities Examples include diabetes anaemia Immobility Provision of care Including skill of caregivers Skin trauma Examples include pressure shearing friction burns grazes bruises Lifestyle Examples include smoking

    Original URL path: http://www.cubro.co.nz/cms/The-Cost-of-Pressure-Injuries (2016-05-02)
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  • Show Your Abilty 2016 | Cubro
    Day 2015 Wider Beds Minimise the Risk of Falls in Aged Care Cubro Road Show 2015 Health equipment market opening up for retailers Bottles vs Concentrators NZACA Conference Thank you Cubro Road Show 2015 is underway Premium Charging Making the Health Budget go Further Show Your Ability 2015 Tim Taylor breaks record We re right behind you Tim STOP Pressure Ulcer Day Pillars Donation The 3 000 Winner We are now mobile friendly Road Show 2014 is nearly here The Children of Efate Island Koru Care Donation 30 Years of Service Show Your Ability 2014 GS1 Registration Team Training Cubro Wellington Update Cubro Roadshows 2013 Cubro Wins Best Stand Award Cubro s New Website February 18 2016 Cubro are looking forward to showcasing some exciting new products and seeing some familiar faces at New Zealand s premier annual disability equipment expo Show Your Ability starting in Auckland this Tuesday As usual Cubro will be there to showcase and educate all visitors to the expo especially our valued occupational and physiotherapist customers about the products and services we have to offer We ll be at STAND 14 at all five shows come and say hello Tuesday 23rd February Auckland ASB Showgrounds

    Original URL path: http://www.cubro.co.nz/cms/SYA-2016 (2016-05-02)
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  • Cubro Warehouse Update | Cubro
    re right behind you Tim STOP Pressure Ulcer Day Pillars Donation The 3 000 Winner We are now mobile friendly Road Show 2014 is nearly here The Children of Efate Island Koru Care Donation 30 Years of Service Show Your Ability 2014 GS1 Registration Team Training Cubro Wellington Update Cubro Roadshows 2013 Cubro Wins Best Stand Award Cubro s New Website February 3 2016 Cubro Warehouse has moved The first

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  • Seasonal Greetings | Cubro
    Ability 2015 Tim Taylor breaks record We re right behind you Tim STOP Pressure Ulcer Day Pillars Donation The 3 000 Winner We are now mobile friendly Road Show 2014 is nearly here The Children of Efate Island Koru Care Donation 30 Years of Service Show Your Ability 2014 GS1 Registration Team Training Cubro Wellington Update Cubro Roadshows 2013 Cubro Wins Best Stand Award Cubro s New Website December 18

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  • Ronald McDonald House | Cubro
    opening up for retailers Bottles vs Concentrators NZACA Conference Thank you Cubro Road Show 2015 is underway Premium Charging Making the Health Budget go Further Show Your Ability 2015 Tim Taylor breaks record We re right behind you Tim STOP Pressure Ulcer Day Pillars Donation The 3 000 Winner We are now mobile friendly Road Show 2014 is nearly here The Children of Efate Island Koru Care Donation 30 Years of Service Show Your Ability 2014 GS1 Registration Team Training Cubro Wellington Update Cubro Roadshows 2013 Cubro Wins Best Stand Award Cubro s New Website November 27 2015 Cubro volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Out of our six values that we uphold every day at Cubro three of them were given a real workout during our participation in the Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Family Dinner Programme recently they were Giving Family and Compassion Seven members from our team made the trip to Auckland to prepare and cook and sing thanks to a very talented member of our CSR team for the families at Grafton Mews The satisfaction from feeding these families hearing their stories and seeing their smiles was well worth the trip It is something that we will definitely

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  • STOP Pressure Ulcer Day 2015
    Aged Care Cubro Road Show 2015 Health equipment market opening up for retailers Bottles vs Concentrators NZACA Conference Thank you Cubro Road Show 2015 is underway Premium Charging Making the Health Budget go Further Show Your Ability 2015 Tim Taylor breaks record We re right behind you Tim STOP Pressure Ulcer Day Pillars Donation The 3 000 Winner We are now mobile friendly Road Show 2014 is nearly here The Children of Efate Island Koru Care Donation 30 Years of Service Show Your Ability 2014 GS1 Registration Team Training Cubro Wellington Update Cubro Roadshows 2013 Cubro Wins Best Stand Award Cubro s New Website November 2 2015 November 19th is Stop Pressure Ulcer Day Stop Pressure Ulcer Day is organised by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel EPUAP which was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers Cubro is proud to take part in this by actively improving the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries every day with our range of pressure redistributing mattresses cushions heel protectors and range of beds We also have available a Pressure Care Guide Product Selection flip book for the

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  • Wider Beds Minimise the Risk of Falls in Aged Care
    s study there is a solid case for investing in measures to reduce falls from beds in aged care Solutions include patient lifters and other stand aids but the solution most likely to make a difference is wider beds Falling Costs The Case for Investment The University of Otago conducted a study entitled Falling costs the case for investment and found that In New Zealand falls in aged care facilities are the most common and costliest cause of injury in older people and about 41 percent of these falls occur during transfers Around 30 to 60 percent of people aged 65 years fall each year and 10 to 20 percent of these events result in injury such as hip fractures hospitalisations or death The study goes on to explain that when the elderly have falls in aged care facilities and hospitals such events are traumatic and distressing for the older person their family and staff Further to personal costs there are substantial financial costs particularly for ACC For instance in 2010 11 the cost for a hip fracture with three weeks in hospital was 47 000 and a hip fracture with complications and discharge to an aged residential care facility was 135 000 per case When we cross reference the Fragala figures with the Otago study it becomes clear that in addition to personal wellbeing and health risks falls pose a significant financial burden to the healthcare system Containing the cost of healthcare is a major objective for New Zealand s system and reducing falls particularly when getting into bed out of bed or being repositioned offers opportunities for solutions in cost savings 900mm vs 1100mm Wide Beds Fragala found that approximately 50 of falls that occur in long term care involve falling from bed In New Zealand most beds

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