3M & Wounds Australia Announce Winner of Australian NZ Skin Safety Award 2018

Earlier this year, Wounds Australia and 3M partnered to introduce the first Australian New Zealand Skin Safety Award. This award recognises outstanding teams or individuals, who have implemented a sustainable patient care regimen to improve skin integrity or skin health.

Last month, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland was awarded the “3M Australia and New Zealand Skin Safety Award 2018” for its remarkable work in creating and delivering an exceptional “Skin Integrity Program” to reduce pressure injuries in patients.

Members of Wounds Australia or the NZ Wound Care Society were invited to submit skin damage prevention projects across a broad scope, including pressure injury prevention, incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) prevention, skin tear prevention and adhesive trauma prevention. Demonstrating positive clinical outcomes, knowledge transfer and teamwork was critical to the success of applicants.

The winning team included Professor Paul Fulbrook, Dr Sandra Miles, Damian Williams and Tracy Nowicki, who were awarded an educational grant of $4000 AUD.

“We are thrilled to win this award because it signifies recognition of the hard work that has been undertaken across the hospital, especially by the key leaders from our Wound/Stoma service and Quality Effectiveness Support Team. Our practice informs our research, which in turn informs education and further practice improvements and the award recognises this,” said Dr Sandra Miles, Research Fellow, The Prince Charles Hospital.

The winners of the award were announced at the biennial Wounds Australia National Conference held in Adelaide on 25th October 2018.

Dr Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts, Chair, Board of Wounds Australia said “We are delighted to partner with 3M on this exciting initiative which recognises the endeavours of health care professionals to improve patient outcomes in wound care. The achievements directly translate to the patient, the wider health care setting and the flow on effects are immense,”

Wounds Australia is the peak body for wound care prevention and management in Australia and 3M is an industry partner in the health care sector.

Julia Stafford stated ”We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the entries. And we commend the winning team for their excellent work. The Prince Charles Hospital Skin Integrity Program of sustained hospital-wide activities has had a major impact on skin damage prevention.”

The Wounds Australia 3M Skin Safety Award will be awarded biannually, more details can be found on the Wounds Australia website; www.woundsaustralia.com.au