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Implementing Evidence‐Based Practice to Prevent Skin Breakdown

Dibsie, Laura G. MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS

doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000314474.79624.f2
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Hospital-acquired skin breakdown is closely associated with the quality of care, specifically nursing care, within a hospital. A multisite academic medical center, attempting to change practice following 2 significant episodes of reportable skin breakdown, mobilized resources to impact change. As a result of organization-wide nursing activities and implementation of an evidence-based practice protocol, improvement in prevalence data results indicates success.

Author Affiliations: Education Development and Research, University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, California (Ms Dibsie).

Corresponding Author: Laura G. Dibsie, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS, Education Development and Research, University of California San Diego Medical Center, 200 W Arbor Dr, MC 8929, San Diego, CA 92103 (ldibsie@ucsd.edu).

The author thanks the following individuals for their support in this endeavor. Ellen Nyheim, Cheryl Garnica, Sharon Scullen, Caroline Brown, Margarita Baggett, and Mary Hackim.

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