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Nurse comes up with innovative trolley solution

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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A new piece of specialist equipment to prevent back injuries has been developed by NHS staff in Lincolnshire.

Community Nurse Linda Harris and the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) back care team joined forces to find a solution to injury and pain in nursing staff while treating patients with leg ulcers.

They came up with the Harris Trolley, an adjustable trolley which allows the nurse to carry out treatment at a height that is suitable for the patient and the nurse.

Mrs Harris, who is based at Spalding's Johnson Community Hospital, said: "Effective treatment, cleansing and dressing of leg ulcers is vital to ensure the patient recovers as quickly as possible.

"In the past nurses could be kneeling for hours at a time in clinic causing strain to knees, back and neck.

"It was necessary to lift heavy bowls of water from the floor to bathe the leg ulcer.

"About half a million pounds is lost through staff absence each year from musculoskeletal related sickness but this tool will help to reduce these numbers."

Dr Sheila Marriott, the East Midlands regional director for the Royal College of Nursing, said: "It's wonderful to see one of our members developing such an innovative solution to a problem that has been plaguing nurses for decades."

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