The 3 East Telemetry Unit, a team of nurses at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division, was awarded first place in the education poster category at the 25th Clinical Symposium on Advances in Wound Care in Orlando, Fla., for their ulcer-prevention study. Led by Marie Mellon, RN; Yvette Tabernilla, RN, BSN; and nurse manager Nora Villalon, RN, MSN, the team worked with KHD wound care specialist Michael Willis, NP, CWOCN, to design the project, A Nurse-Driven Skin Saver Pilot Performance Improvement Project: Collecting and Transforming Data Into Quality.
The study explored strategies for improving bedside care, including prevention of unit-acquired pressure ulcers and reducing overuse of adult diapers and usage of thick washable underpads, and involved 412 patients who were admitted to 3 East during a 13-week period. All patients were free of unit-acquired pressure ulcers throughout the project, and usage of incontinence briefs and reusable incontinence pads decreased by 60%.Standing in front of the award-winning poster on the Skin Saver study by Beth Israel-Kings Highway Divisions 3 East Team are, from left, Lisa Cohen, RN, director of nursing; Marie Flordeliza, RN, vice president for patient care services; Nora Villalon, RN, 3 East nurse manager; Marie Mellon, RN; Michael Willis, RN; and Carmen Schmidt, RN, director of nursing education and research.
We are extremely proud of the initiative undertaken by our 3 East team, Marie Flordeliza, RN, BSN, MHA, CCRN, vice president for patient care services, said in a news release. Their study demonstrates how patient care can be greatly enhanced through measures that do not require expensive technology.
Outcomes also showed an increased awareness and involvement in the project of staff on all shifts. Our experience on 3 East is a challenge to others to continue exploring ways to improve bedside care, Flordeliza said.