The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is leading the development of guiding principles, resources and tools for the sector on the prevention, assessment and treatment of pressure injuries and is working closely with district health boards (DHBs) to ensure the appropriateness of what is developed.
In the 2016–17 financial year ACC developed guiding principles to inform the sector’s pressure injury prevention activities and established an expert panel to inform their development.
The expert panel met three times and drew on evidence-based international guidelines and local reports on pressure injury management to provide comprehensive feedback on multiple drafts to ensure that it is clear, accurate and fit for the New Zealand context.
The expert panel consisted of the following experts/representatives.
Associate professor, School of Nursing
|University of Auckland
Auckland District Health Board
|Bridget Smith||Planning & improvement manager||InterRai|
|Gabrielle Nicholson||Senior project manager||Health Quality & Safety Commission|
|Carmela Petagna||Senior portfolio manager||Health Quality & Safety Commission|
|Cormac Peirse||Clinical manager||Ryman Health Care|
|Debbie Palmer||Senior enrolled nurse||Atawhai Assisi Home & Hospital
NZ Nurses Organisation
|Ginette Spence||Project manager||ACC|
|Heather Lewis||Clinical nurse specialist||Middlemore Hospital|
|Helen Delmonte||Allied health manager||Mercy Parklands Hospital & Retirement Home|
|Jo Millar||Chair of Health National Advisory Group, consumer representative||Grey Power|
|Julie Betts||Nurse practitioner||Waikato DHB|
|Lea-Anne Morgan||National clinical manager||Access Home Health|
|Marie Press||Nurse director, medical and community health||Hutt Valley District Health Board|
|Pamela Mitchell||Nurse consultant, wound management||Christchurch Hospital
Canterbury District Health Board
NZ Wound Care Society
|Paul Watson||Principal advisor, nursing||Ministry of Health|
|Robin Griffiths||Chair, senior medical advisor||ACC
University of Otago
|Robin Sekerak||Brain injury specialist||ABI Rehabilitation|
|Sean Bridge||Senior injury prevention specialist||ACC|
On 22 May 2017, the finalised guiding principles document was launched at the New Zealand Wound Care Society Annual Conference in Rotorua.
The guidance is publicly available on ACC’s website and will be reviewed in three years’ time to ensure it remains up to date.
For more information please email Sean Bridge (ACC).