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The developing role of the pressure area care equipment coordinators in a large acute trust

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The developing role of the pressure area care equipment coordinators in a large acute trust

Ann Vickers, Natalie Cavanagh, Nuala OBrien
28 June 2014

The role of coordinator for pressure-redistributing equipment in the Pennine Acute NHS Trust has evolved over the past nine years from that of clerical support — ensuring the Trust did not exceed the capped rental contract and monitoring appropriate equipment usage — to that of a highly valuable resource in the process of delivering safe pressure area care to patients. There are five separate hospital sites within the Trust with approximately 1,600 beds for which the Pressure Area Care Equipment Coordinators (PACECs) offer advice and support on the most appropriate equipment. With the increased number of bariatric admissions, their service now incorporates the appropriate selection of bariatric equipment. The role has evolved beyond the initial expectations of tissue viability service, supporting the Trust’s commitment to reduce pressure ulcers, making it an essential role within the team.

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