Worth a Review: Braden Subscores to Determine Skin Injury Risk

BACKGROUND Barbara Braden’s and Nancy Bergstrom’s risk assessment tool for pressure ulcer prediction was first published in 1988. Almost 30 years ago now !! And although there is brand new terminology for the term “pressure ulcer” (now “pressure injury”), the “Braden Scale” as we’ve come to call it remains a primary tool used in medical facilities through-out the […]


Static Air Prevents HAPI in Belgian Nursing Homes

Showing the value of static air products for the prevention of pressure injury in high risk patients is nothing new, however it’s always great when additional evidence-based practice studies are published!  The most recent issue of the Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing (July/August 2016) contains a new study from Europe, “Static Air Support Surfaces […]


Haiti and EHOB: A Great Match Up

BACKGROUND It has been 6 years since the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti, but the tragedy and needs of many go on. Here is the story of a woman who is making a wonderful difference in the comfort and healing for many in need along with the help of EHOB. JH met Dr. Spahn, EHOB’s founder and […]


Dissemination of Wound Care Information: Instilling Confidence or Confusion?

BACKGROUND: I always seem to struggle with finding a topic when my turn comes to blog. This month I decided to reach out to my niece, a relatively new BSN grad from a reputable nursing college.  She has been working on a med- surg unit for a large academic hospital system in the Midwest, at both the city teaching […]


The Munro Scale, a New OR-specific Risk Assessment Tool

Cassendra Munro and team have been working for the past decade to bring about a valid and reliable risk assessment tool specifically geared to be OR driven and scored by those in the know about operating room processes. Recently published in the July, 2016 edition of OR Manager, this scale assesses patients’ risk throughout pre-operative, […]


How Did EHOB Get Its Name?

How many reading this know the answer? Here is the great story behind it… As a WOCN working in acute care over the years I became aware of many companies that provide products and services to the wound/ostomy community. And always remember thinking EHOB was such an unusual company name …. until I heard how it came […]


Educating Patients

Interesting topic Linda chose for last week’s blog. I also read the article Discharge: One of the Most Dangerous Times for Patients, and agree there is a disconnect among health care providers involved in communicating health information to patients during the discharge process. Health information necessary for positive outcomes is being missed, misunderstood or miscommunicated […]


Hospital Discharge: One of the Most Dangerous Times for Patients

That title comes from an article reviewed recently in Medscape.com which focused on transition of care issues; transition of care being a hot topic term today and one we are learning more and more about. According to Alicia Arbaje, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, “Poor transitional care is a huge, huge issue for everyone, […]


Runners, Babies & Frail Patients…what do these have in common? Microclimate needs!

Recently a colleague asked for my advice, but not about anything related to healthcare or nursing. She was running her first half marathon and it was predicted to rain the entire time. She wanted to know if I had any advice for her. Since the temperatures were going to be in the 50’s or 60’s […]


In memory of Florence…

Last week was National Nurses Week, which is celebrated every year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is considered the pioneer of professional nursing because of her tireless efforts to prove her belief that patients could improve with care by skilled nurses. Nightingale’s nursing theories […]