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To mark this year’s Stop The Pressure Awareness Day, Direct Healthcare Group has launched a new online educational resource for clinicians and healthcare providers to increase awareness and understanding surrounding pressure ulcer prevention and management.

Taking place on 19 November 2020, Stop The Pressure Awareness Day is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and understanding of pressure ulcer prevention and the negative effects it has on patients.

To support this year’s pressure awareness day, Direct Healthcare Group has introduced an interactive Ethos Webcast series to provide training support and information for clinicians and healthcare providers.

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The educational webinars cover a range of pressure area care topics and will benefit from the extensive knowledge of Jacqui Fletcher OBE, an independent nurse consultant who is currently contracted to help develop strategic projects at NHSI for NHS England. Jacqui has held various senior positions including Senior Professional Tutor in the Section of Wound Healing, Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing, Cardiff University, and Principal Lecturer in The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire and has recently been awarded an OBE for her services to wound care.

Hosted via Zoom, Direct Healthcare Group’s Ethos Webcasts run for approximately 30 minutes, which are then followed by 15-30 minutes of a live Q&A with Jacqui.

Direct Healthcare Group is advising clinicians and healthcare providers to register for the webcasts as quickly as possible, as spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Currently there are four webcasts available, running from 18 November to 9 December 2020.

The first webinar – ‘Under Pressure – The Fundamentals of Pressure Area Care’ – is taking place on Wednesday 18 November from 12-1pm. This educational session covers how pressure ulcers form, why pressure ulcer prevention is so important, technology and its importance, tracking pressure ulcers, and whether pressure ulcers are inevitable.

On Wednesday 25 November, ‘The Prevention of Pressure Ulcers using the aSSKINg bundle’ will run from 12-1pm. This webinar will explore how pressure ulcers can be prevented, how clinicians should assess the skin for pressure ulcers, surface selection and use, moisture on the skin, and categorising pressure ulcers.

The first webinar running in December – ‘Everything But Pressure – The Role of Shear, Friction and Microclimate in Skin Integrity’ – will take place on Wednesday 2 December from 12-1pm. This interactive webcast looks at the effects of pressure and shear, envelopment and immersion, cell deformation, and microclimate and the effect of moisture on the skin.

The final webinar will run on Wednesday 9 December from 12-1pm, entitled ‘Managing The Pressure – Performing and Utilising An Appropriate Risk Assessment’. This Direct Healthcare Group webinar will consider risk assessment – process and factors, risk assessment tools, and skin assessment as part of a risk assessment.

To register for an Ethos Webcast, click here Direct Healthcare Group (DHG) is a leading provider of intelligent pressure care management, specialist seating solutions and rental equipment for the care of bariatric patients.

DHG has recently completed a series of acquisitions to expand its pressure care and patient handling portfolio.

In October 2020, the provider acquired Finland-based pressure care and patient handling manufacturer Carital Group Oy – marking the group’s third acquisition of 2020. This move further broadens DHG’s presence in the Nordic market, with the Welsh company now boasting direct operations across Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Last week, DHG also announced the acquisition of Lynch Healthcare Group, a Sunderland-based manufacturer of a wide range of patient slings, hoisting equipment, and shower chairs. The acquisition will see Lynch Healthcare Group’s product lines added to DHG’s rapidly expanding portfolio of solutions, broadening its offering of patient handling slings and bathroom safety solutions.

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