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Protecting patient’s skin wherever their journey takes them Supportive Surfaces: From Entry to Discharge Pressure injuries are equal opportunity problems and they typically don’t greet the patients at the Emergency Department door. They often start earlier—at home, and sometimes in the ambulance before arrival.  While facilities can’t control what is going on at home, they…
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Filling the Pressure Injury Gaps in Awake-Proned Patients When COVID-19 hit the scene with a vengeance, healthcare workers were confronted with numerous challenges. It was a new virus presenting differently from person to person. While some patients required intubation right off the bat, others showed clear signs of hypoxia (low oxygen) without any indication of…
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Happy Birthday, 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 developed nursing practice and laid the foundation for formal nursing education still pertinent in today’s healthcare environment. When Florence Nightingale, who came from a wealthy,…
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May is National Nurses Month!

Not only is this the Year of the Nurse, but May is also an entire month dedicated to honoring nurses, EMS, and critical care practitioners for all they do. Their selfless service to their patients and community is deeply appreciated, and there are tons of ways to show them how much they’re valued! Turn Your…
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The Gluteal Cleft Dilemma

Have you been challenged by skin breakdown that occurs in the gluteal cleft of some patients? WOCNs are highly skilled and trained at identifying moisture-related skin breakdown in this area. However, obese patients where their buttock tissue was so firm that a caregiver could not separate the gluteal cleft for skin integrity evaluation or cleansing…
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The "Boggy" Heel

I’m trying to determine just what that is, and more importantly its significance to the development of a heel pressure ulcer. I think I first really became aware of the word in relation to pressure ulcers when the NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) added deep tissue injury to the staging system in 2007. In the medical…
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