Prevention is a keystone to WOC specialty practice. I am pleased to announce that the March/April 2018 issue of JWOCN contains multiple cutting-edge articles that generate new knowledge about prevention, while providing clinically relevant techniques for applying evidence based preventive interventions to practice.
For example, Ivy Razmus has identified risk factors for pressure injury prevention in a multisite epidemiologic study of an historically underserved population, infants and children. This multisite study of nearly 40,000 children cared for in children's hospitals and hospitals with inpatient units serving infants and children is an important landmark in efforts to focus preventive efforts in the most efficacious and cost effective way possible.
Jihad el-Marsi and her group examined risk factors for pressure injury in critically ill patients in Lebanon. This study not only adds to a growing evidence base pointing out the unique risk factor profile for critically ill adults, it also points to potential differences in application of preventive measures based on the economic status of the location of the critical care unit.
Melissa Monarca describes a quality improvement project designed to reduce medical device related pressure injuries in a small community hospital. This is one of 2 excellent quality improvement articles in this issue of JWOCN; their insights can be used to translate the cutting edge research published in the Journal to immediate and effective clinical practice. Read on in the latest issue of JWOCN and find out more!
Editor-in-Chief - Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN