NSLHD News December 3 2021

Little Readers Read-a-thon Royal North Shore Hospital’s

November. The day aims to increase awareness about pressure injury prevention and educate people on this important topic. Clinical Nurse Consultant for Stomal Therapy and Wound Care, Rachel Hodgkins said each year thousands of Australian’s suffer from pressure injuries, even though research shows that most pressure injuries are preventable. “Pressure injuries are localised damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue usually resulting from sustained pressure over a NICU has taken out third place in the ‘Most Minutes Read’ category in this year’s Life’s Little Treasures Read-a- thon. The third place victory scored the NICU a box of 40 books. Registered Nurse Carmel Pearsall has worked at the NICU for the last 32 years and is a passionate advocate for parents reading to their babies while in the unit. For the last three years she has coordinated the read-a- thon which aims to empower parents to read to their baby every day. “While a baby is in the NICU critical brain development is occurring, including the development of the pathways in the brain that control language skills,” she said. “When a baby is read to in the NICU, parents are not only bonding with them but

Baby Tyson with his mum Jennifer reading to him at the NICU

also supporting the baby’s brain development. “Research shows children who are read to on a regular basis when they are young are more readily able to learn to read once they start school. “When hearing someone

read, children learn to recognise the structure of language, learn grammar and recognise the sound of words.” To find out more about the read-a-thon visit: https:// lifeslittletreasures.org.au/our- services/little-readers-read- a-thon-2020/

Worldwide Stop Pressure Injury Day Worldwide STOP Pressure Injury (PI) Day was celebrated at Royal North Shore Hospital on 18

Staff celebrating Worldwide STOP Pressure Injury Day

bony prominence or under a medical device,” she said. “Pressure injuries can have a significant impact on people’s lives and can also result in a significant burden on the healthcare system. “All healthcare professionals,

carers, family and patients have an essential role in preventing pressure injuries.” For further information please see the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) website: www.npiap.com



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