Forerunner Magazine: Wound care process brings together business and nursing students

​A project team made up of nursing and business administration students from the Lohja campus produced a wound care guide for Lohja Hospital, which is part of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). The diverse project combined usability and technical execution as well as medical care.

- Since 2014, we here at Lohja Hospital have been developing a uniform wound patient care chain. This work produced a large amount of material related to wound care, explains Deputy Chief Surgeon Valtteri Kiuru of the Lohja Health Centre, describing the commission.
- We wanted to put all this material into a user-friendly package, which is why we turned to the student team at Laurea for help.

The project team consists of business students Tea Pätsi and Jarkko Komulainen as well as nursing students Maarit Iivarinen and Riikka Salmi, who did their thesis work in the project. The nursing students planned how the wound care process could be organised sensibly in terms of content, while Pätsi and Komulainen addressed the technical execution.

The result was an electronic database, which contained key wound care instructions, forms and other materials categorised by subject. The database can currently be found on the Terveysportti health portal for medical professionals and is being used by the physicians and nursing staff at Lohja Hospital.

- From a hospital district standpoint, the end result is precisely what it should have been. The students did a first-rate job in terms of quality, appearance and usability, but also staying on schedule, praises Kiuru.

The student team is also pleased with its work and happy to hear such positive feedback:

- The co-operation between students from different fields was seamless. I think the key to the project's success was that the team met often and we spent our time going over such things as what would be possible in its technical execution, explains Tea Pätsi, who served as the Project Manager.

- The team was really on the same wavelength when it came to work. It was also gratifying to do this project when you knew that it would provide real benefits to routine nursing work, adds Maarit Iivarinen


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