Leeds Major Trauma Centre partners with Vernacare to improve patient experience
“Using the VernaFem requires little assistance - giving the patient more independence and privacy and freeing up valuable nurse time to focus on other aspects of patient care”
Solution: VernaFem Female Urinal
Key Issue(s): Infection prevention, sustainability, nurse productivity, patient comfort & dignity
The Leeds Major Trauma Centre is part of the A&E department at Leeds General Infirmary, which is a specialist regional centre for a number of complex conditions, as well as providing many general acute hospital services. It brings together many of the country’s leading experts in caring for patients with serious brain injuries, heart and lung problems and major trauma.
The Leeds Major Trauma Centre were evaluating how to improve patient comfort and dignity in continence care. Immobile female patients, who may have fractured bones or suffered other traumatic injuries have specialist needs which need to be addressed carefully, the Centre were interested in options which minimise the unnecessary use
As such they decided to trial the award winning VernaFem female urinal from Vernacare, an innovative new method of toileting for female patients.
The VernaFem trials proved so successful with both staff and patients that the product has now been adopted across Leeds’ A&E department.
The VernaFem provides an easier, more comfortable and discrete alternative to using a bedpan. It also releases nursing time because patients can often use the device independently, or with help from one member of staff - rather than two or more nurses required to position the patient onto a bedpan.
Designed and developed in partnership with NHS Trusts, its robust form includes a wide base to increase stability and capacity, combined with a wide opening to reduce spillage. VernaFem’s curved design moulds to the female body for ease and comfort in a range of positions - from lying down to sitting.
“For ladies who might have broken a hip or who are laid flat, using a bedpan can be painful and a major struggle,” explained Robin Darby, Senior Charge Nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. “Previously, the other option would be a catheter, but we seek to minimise the unnecessary use of catheterisation and only use where a bladder scan identifies that it is appropriate. The VernaFem provides a viable and agreeable alternative to both these traditional methods of toileting and can help prevent urine retention.”
He added: “Where patients are laid fl at on a board it previously took four people to safely roll the patient onto a bedpan and then roll them back again. Using the VernaFem requires little assistance - giving the patient more independence and privacy and freeing up valuable nurse time to focus on other aspects of patient care. In a time pressured environment such as A&E, being able to save nursing time is a huge benefit.”