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evidence-based practice, nosocomial pressure ulcers, nutrition assessment, nutrition support, wound healing



  1. Barrett, Roseann PhD, RN
  2. Tuttle, Virginia BSN, RN-BC, CWON
  3. Whalen, Elizabeth RD, LD
  4. Gatchell, Carolyn BS, RN
  5. Dawe, Amy BSN, RN, CHPN, OCN


Prevention of pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients represents a challenge with great financial impact for hospitals and serious consequences for patients. A partnership composed of dieticians and nurses was assembled to identify best practices for providing nutritional support and intervention to patients at risk for pressure ulcers. This article describes the process, outcomes, recommendations, and lessons learned by the pressure ulcer/nutrition work group.