Nazareth Nurse Practitioner Presents at National Wound Care Conference
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (July 5, 2012): In June, Lori Dwyer, CRNP, NP-C, CWCN, did a poster presentation of her research into pressure-ulcer prevention at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society’s 44th Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The presentation, entitled “Improving Outcomes By Reducing Pressure Ulcers: A Data-Driven Prevalence and Incidence Program,” highlighted improved patient outcomes at Nazareth as a result of a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention initiative. An abstract of her research was also published in the May/June 2012 Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.
The ulcer prevention initiative established more frequent prevalence and incidence studies, data collection for wound prevention and treatment on each nursing unit, and responsive and timely interventions. Here are some highlights from Dwyer’s presentation:
- In 2010, there was a decline in pressure ulcer prevalence by 15%. The staff charted wounds present on arrival, making it easier to facilitate early care/treatment.
- In 2010, there was a decline by 30% of all facility-acquired pressure ulcers—resulting in improved patient outcomes and safety.
- In 2010, Nazareth Hospital had 3 of 4 quarters of quality data with 0% facility-acquired pressure ulcers.
- In 2009, Nazareth Hospital had a decline in facility-acquired wounds of 8%.
“Our evidenced-based wound care continues to make fantastic improvements for our patients’ care. Much of the credit belongs to our staff that embraced the challenge to improve patient outcomes and safety,” Dwyer says.
Dwyer is a nurse practitioner at Nazareth Hospital, where she evaluates and treats wounds for Nazareth Hospital inpatients and for outpatients at Nazareth’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics. Dwyer is also one of the leaders of the Mercy Health System Wound Care Collaborative.
For more information about wound care at Nazareth Hospital, call 1.866.NAZARETH (1.866.629.2738) or visit www.mercyhealth.org