Back on the surgical ward the team found that 10 more patients had arrived overnight
Back on the surgical ward the team found that 10 more patients had arrived overnight, with more continuing to arrive throughout the day. It was becoming very difficult to select patients for surgery as there were so many cases. Finally, four patients were scheduled for surgery. The cases were very complex due to the severity of the burn injury, many of which had happened some time ago so the burn scar tissue had become well established, making it even more difficult to release the scars and apply skin grafts. In the end three patients received their operations, a baby girl with burns to the hand, a nine-year-old girl whose arm was straightened, and a seven-year-old boy who had movement and function restored to his arm, wrist and hand. Sister Fiona Coia and sister Claire Swales worked with the burns nurses on the wards to assess patients and provide teaching and training at the hospital bedside. The surgical ward was very busy with beds up and down the corridors and anxious parents and relatives by each bed. A small seminar room within theatres was used for the first series of lectures as part of the burns seminar. Helen Morris from the North East Ambulance Service explained about the importance of correct first aid for burns patients. Sadly it is quite common for the wound to be treated with items which, not only do not help to treat the burn, but which can even lead to infection. Matron Lorraine Jackson had a meeting with the dean of nursing to discuss the possibility of developing a leadership course for the undergraduate nurses. The dean was hugely enthusiastic and asked Lorraine to prepare a lecture on quality assurance to deliver to the third year B.Sc Nursing students the following Monday. Lorraine was also asked to deliver a lecture on the UK community nursing model and the role of specialist nurses.