Making moisture manageable

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Staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust identified recurring inconsistencies in the correct management of moisture lesions, relating to documentation and variations in treatment. To challenge these inconsistencies they designed an evidence-based moisture lesion prescription sticker.

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The moisture lesion prescription sticker

The sticker provides guidance, supporting the correct treatment based on current evidence. The format aims to ensure patients are receiving the correct treatment with documentation of care. Practice can now be audited. It’s simple, easy to use with limited impact on time and documentation.

Why is it useful?

Patients in Critical Care often go through a period of critical illness making their skin vulnerable to moisture damage which can lead to further tissue deterioration. This moisture damage is known as a moisture lesion. It can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. The maintenance of skin integrity is vital for the prevention of moisture lesions.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust identified that there were inconsistencies in its moisture lesion practice. Often there was no prescription in place. On identifying this, a moisture lesion sticker was designed that also offered up-to-date guidance, supporting the correct treatment.

It is in the initial phase of being rolled out following a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. This innovation was designed to ensure the trust's patients are receiving the correct treatment at the right time with documentation of care. The working group also aims to identify associations between this intervention and potential reduction in pressure ulcer development.

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