Success of Bassetlaw Hospital’s React to Red project

Health Care Assistants and the Skin Integrity team with Rick Dickinson, Deputy Director of Quality and Governance (third right) and Mike Oldfield, Health Care Assistant is fifth left.

Health Care Assistants and the Skin Integrity team with Rick Dickinson, Deputy Director of Quality and Governance (third right) and Mike Oldfield, Health Care Assistant is fifth left.

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Patients on wards at Bassetlaw Hospitals now have an extra pair of eyes trained and focused on spotting the early warning signs of pressure ulcers, thanks to a new education programme for health care assistants.

‘React to Red’ training is the latest strategy that the Trust’s nurses are using to protect their patients from painful pressure ulcers. In the last year, the organisation has seen the number of pressure ulcers fall by 49.5 per cent with just 52 patients developing a sore in the past 12 months.

Rachel Carmody, React to Red project nurse, said the scheme had provided an “extra layer of protection” on the wards.