Local nurse’s inventive educational tool a hit with healthcare professionals

14 July 2020

Recently Toni Griffiths, CWP Community Nurse for the Tissue Viability Service, developed a creative tool to help educate people on the importance of Pressure Ulcer damage. Toni’s ‘Pressure Ulcer Apples’ have been a hit with colleagues and received fantastic engagement on social media. Below, Toni tells us more about the project.

Hi Toni! It’s great to speak with you about this inventive project – firstly, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you do?

My name is Toni Griffiths. I am a band 5 Community Nurse working within the Tissue Viability Team. I am extremely passionate about all aspects of Tissue Viability and I feel honoured and proud to be part of such an amazing team here at CWP. Our Tissue Viability service offers in house education and training to all CWP health professionals and link nurse training.

That’s brilliant! Would you be able to tell us more about the tool you’ve developed and how you came up with the idea?

During our training sessions many photographs are used to educate people on the importance of Pressure Ulcer damage which is good but, as you can imagine it is also very difficult to gauge certain wound characteristics such as depth, tunnelling or undermining.

After watching a podcast on TVN news I was approached by my line manager Mo Dyke, our Lead Tissue Viability Nurse, to see if I could create a more tangible educational learning tool to highlight Pressure Ulcer damage / categories which could be utilised during our Tissue Viability Training Course.

The apples are obviously not real and are made from polystyrene. They were created using very simple materials, namely colouring pens, pencils and tipex. The hardest part about this project was cutting out just the right depth for each individual pressure category and trying to make them look as realistic as possible.

How can the tool be used to educate people?

Once I was happy with the finished product I began to think about how this simple and cost effective learning tool could also be utilised as an interactive learning aid, allowing individuals attending the training to become more involved.

With this thought in mind I decided to create 'flash cards' which offer the learner a brief description of each pressure category in which they must try and match up to the correct Pressure Ulcer or apple. I feel that this allows learners the opportunity to test their own individual knowledge if they wish to do so however, this could also be done as a group. This is a really simple approach that other teams could easily replicate.

Fantastic! Finally, can you tell us what the reaction to the tool has been like so far?

I have been blown away with the amount of publicity and kind comments I have received on the trust Facebook page and Twitter. I had so much fun making them! My team and I are really looking forward to using them as part of our face to face Tissue Viability Training once COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted and other healthcare professionals have asked how I made them and want to make their own to use during training.

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