Many healthcare professionals have reported positive impacts to patient care and budgets when protecting skin with the Total Barrier Protection™ treatment strategy.

Changing a habit / taking on the TBP challenge!

We are faced every day as clinicians to try and save money without compromising patient care. As experts in wound care we strive for the optimum conditions for moist wound healing (where appropriate) whilst trying to balance the budget. Longstanding products can become a habit, with the reluctance to face the challenge of changing to an alternative, and something that is just as effective.

However it’s not just about the product, company support is imperative combined with bespoke educational materials when required.My mission was to change from an established brand to the Medi-Derma S barrier film and cream, I was under no illusion it wasn’t going to be achieved overnight, and honestly, I didn’t really need the added pressures!


“What we achieved was the implementation of a product that was equivalent to the established brand that performed the same with no detrimental effect to patient care but had a positive outcome on my budget and educational programme.”


Following a PDSA cycle and cost analysis this product was implemented last year with the support of the company. Not only was this a successful mission but we have been really pleased with all the educational materials that the company have helped us produce.

Was there an outcry from staff and patients? – No.
Did the world end? – No

What we achieved was the implementation of a product that was equivalent to the established brand that performed the same with no detrimental effect to patient care but had a positive outcome on my budget and educational programme.

“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got”

Take the challenge – Mission accepted and completed Medi-Derma S.

Maria A. Hughes

Tissue Viability Lead, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust

Skin Care | Total Barrier Protection

A change that has positively impacted our budgets whilst maintaining patient safety

The Tissue Viability Team at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust undertook an evaluation of barrier products last year prompted by both a continuing  rise in usage and associated costs. We wanted a like for like range so both a cream & film to still be available as both were used widely across our acute areas and community. Following our evaluations we opted to change to the Derma-S range.


“Hospital spend is difficult to analyse but across our community teams this change has resulted in at least a £15,000 annual saving.”


Education was undertaken and posters given out by our local representative prior to the changeover which went very smoothly. We have had no issues raised by staff who all appear to be happy clinically with the change in product.

In our opinion the products work well and in fact the film tends to dry slightly quicker than our previous brand. We used the barrier film very successfully on a baby in our neonatal intensive care unit with moisture related skin damage to her face, this worked quickly and her mother was very impressed!

Hospital spend is difficult to analyse but across our community teams this change has resulted in at least a £15,000 annual saving.

Julie Sturges

Tissue Viability Lead Nurse, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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