An Unusual Story….

We’ve all heard of therapy dogs right ?  ….but a therapy horse ?? Enter Sweat Pea, a miniature horse just 27 inches tall, owned and loved by Sharon White-Lewis, an associate professor of nursing in Kansas City, Kansas. Sweat Pea was rescued by Sharon from a neglectful breeder more than 2 years ago and decided over time that […]

Evidence-Based Intervention to Prevent Heel Injury

Heel injury due to pressure remains a significant risk in some facilities despite the relative ease in providing cost effective and reliable prevention for high risk patients. This issue has been conquered by two clinicians and their team at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Rados Stoddard BSN, RN, CWON, CFCN, and G. […]

Education for Prevention

Pressure Injury Prevention Benjamin Franklin said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most healthcare practitioners understand this, as is evident by the many wonderful pressure injury prevention programs seen presented as posters, in articles and in our own facilities. Education on prevention is key for patients, caregivers and staff to understand […]

Falls and Skin Risk

In our nursing practices or personal experience with older patients/friends/or relatives how many times have we seen skin damage that resulted from a fall ? Those bruised faces, arms, and legs look so painful…and take a long time to fade. Or worse, those abrased or avulsed skin injuries that create risk of infection, definitely cause pain, and usually […]

An Innovative Way to Provide Prone Positioning in the ICU

Colleagues at IU Health, University Hospital, in Indianapolis presented their innovative approach to prone positioning at the 2016 IU Research Conference last fall. I was excited to hear about the outcomes that Denise Kerley, Brandie Kopsas-Kingsley, Carmen Davis, Terrie Beeson, Audrey Glossenger, Rebecca Bartlett-Ellis and Stephanie Hughes had achieved. These critical care experts looked at […]

Pressure Injury Prevention and Management in the Home

The Challenges Managing risks for pressure injury or care for pressure injuries that have developed, can be challenging for the patient and/or home caregiver. Resources are limited and many times the caregiver is a family member or friend ill-equipped to navigate the healthcare system. Not knowing who or what to ask to ease the burden […]

DTI’s in the ICU

Holly Kirkland-Kyhn and her team have done it again! This month’s article in Ostomy and Wound Management, “A Retrospective, Descriptive, Comparative Study to Identify Patient Variables That Contribute to the Development of Deep Tissue Injury Among Patients in Intensive Care Units” truly helps advance the science in this important clinical area.  This article is well […]

Remembering Roberta Abruzzese

I recently received the latest Advances in Skin and Wound Care magazine and really enjoyed reading the editorial by Elizabeth Ayello, Richard “Sal” Salcido, and R. Gary Sibbald, all so well known in the wound care world. In it they reminded readers of the evolution of the magazine and its valuable contribution over the past 30 […]

NICHE Nursing: Just What Is It ?

Well… It stands for “Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders” ….hence NICHE (pronounced “nitch”). And it refers to nursing empowerment programs that help hospitals and other healthcare institutions improve the care of our elderly patients/clients. Why? In a recent Medscape article written by Troy Brown, RN it was reported that approximately one half of hospitalized adults are 65 years […]

Meet Our Customers!

As we begin a New Year, I thought it would be fun to learn a little about some of our customers! My first interview is with Mary Gloeckner, MS, RN, CWON, APN, a Wound/Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Mary was a very young nurse when she began her career […]