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How will COVID-19 affect STOP THE PRESSURE 2020?
27th August 2020
Every November a global STOP PRESSURE ULCERS day has been dedicated to increasing the focus on pressure ulcer prevention by raising awareness and education around this largely preventable patient harm.
At a global level, organisations such as the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) have supported this initiative and at a country level, in the UK, STOP THE PRESSURE has been championed by NHS Improvement.
Historically, in the ‘pre-COVID-19’ world, many hospitals and healthcare providers ran seminars, informal drop-in sessions, and hands-on training and education events. These events were specifically designed to encourage face to face meetings and interaction in order to increase awareness around pressure ulceration and also to improve people’s understanding about what to look for and how to prevent these wounds from developing in the first place.
With COVID-19 now affecting many areas of our lives, this year’s STOP THE PRESSURE events will undoubtedly be different from previous years.
While some healthcare providers are still planning to run face to face STOP THE PRESSURE events, where it is safe to do so, many are considering some type of ‘virtual event’ or using a combination of socially distanced interaction supported by additional, digital educational resources. Unfortunately for some healthcare providers the current pandemic has meant that they are unable to run any STP events at all this year.
Even before the pandemic, there was widespread use of digital technologies and electronic resources for children’s schooling, home working and social interaction with family and friends. However, the emergence of COVID-19 has undoubtedly seen a rapid and significant increase in the adoption of these new technologies and platforms and we are now adjusting to this ‘new normal’ across many areas of our lives.
The world of healthcare education is no exception to the COVID-driven need for increased digital resources and on-line education, and as a leading provider of pressure area care (PAC) education and information, Talley Group are working hard to meet this new requirement.
Further information will be available in the coming weeks in the run up to STOP THE PRESSURE so be sure to check our news page and social media feeds regularly to see what we’ve been up to over the Summer.
Tissue Viability Nurse Sue Hopewell says:
We are justifiably proud of the class-leading educational support we have historically offered at Talley Group. Our PAC education and supporting documentation is of the highest quality and has always been very highly regarded by our customers and partners.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way that many healthcare providers are approaching STOP THE PRESSURE 2020 with many now looking to increase their use of social media platforms and digital resources to help them meet the PAC educational needs of their staff.
Our Clinical Team at Talley Group are currently in the final stages of delivering some fantastic new educational materials in time for STP2020 and we are excited to be launching these in the coming weeks.