DOING IT BETTER: Skin care team improves assessment and documentation

October 2006 
Volume 36  Number 10
Pages 66 - 67
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Formerly a wound, skin, and ostomy clinical nurse specialist at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn., Linda Mascolo is now a wound closure specialist at Kinetic Concepts, Inc., in Teterboro, N.J.

IS THIS A STAGE I or a Stage II wound? What dressing should I use? What's the best way to measure a wound? To help nurses answer questions like these, we implemented a hospital-based skin care team. In this article, I'll tell you how we started this team, what it does, and how it's improved nursing practice at our hospital.

The skin care team consists of nurse-representatives from each medical/surgical unit, a physical therapist, and a certified wound care nurse. Its goal is to provide improved, standardized skin and wound care to all patients despite increasingly complex medical problems and a nursing shortage. Team members work to provide unit-based skin and wound care education, serve as ...

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