A pinball machine and a compression therapy device for clients receiving nursing care at home were the big winners thismonth.

A Pitch for pinball wizards

March 2018

A pinball machine and a compression therapy device for clients receiving nursing care at home were the big winners thismonth.

A pinball machine and a compression therapy device for clients receiving nursing care at home were the big winners thismonth.

What better way to provide a source of distraction and engagement for men in the intensive psychiatric care unit at Concord Centre for Mental Health than a pinball machine?

“The pinball machine was a suggestion from a consumer. It could be seen as pure enjoyment, but it provides a source of distraction, uses motor coordination and can foster group activity and friendly competition, which supports recovery,” said clinical neuropsychologist, Sarah Jacek.

“When they are engaged in activities, our patients are less likely to be bored which leads to less agitation and aggression.”

Funding from the Pitch will support a trial period for pinball machine hire, with observations and surveys used to measure outcomes for a formal research project.

Sydney District Nursing wound care nurses will receive $14,190 to purchase three Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) machines to measure blood flow to feet.

The pressure machines allow community nurses visiting patients at home with lower leg ulcers to begin compression therapy for eligible patients, without a trip to see a Vascular Specialist.

“Compression therapy is the gold standard treatment for prevention and management of venous leg ulcers,” said Naomi James, wound care nurse specialist.

“Patients with leg ulcers may have mobility issues and there are no community-based alternatives for a vascular specialist consult.

“Using the machines will increase the number of patients receiving best practice care, improve healing rates, reduce the cost of dressings and the frequency of nursing visits. And for our patients – quality of life is the biggest winner.” 

The pressure machines are already being used in hospital wound clinics and will be rolled out to community nursing services. 

A new interactive art table and tooth brushing bay for the paediatric clinic at Sydney Dental Hospital was also supported.

The improvements to the clinic waiting area will support play as a theme to make trips to the dentist less confronting for children, including those with special needs. Using educational apps on digital screens in the tooth brushing bay will reinforce brushing techniques and support brushing as a healthy habit.

The next edition of the Pitch will be held as part of the District’s innovation Week on Friday 22 June. Applications are open at www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/innovation/pitch.html 

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