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Under pressure: Nursing interventions help prevent HAPUs

Omery, Anna DNSc, RN, NEA-BC; Mussell, Deanna BSN, RN; Rondinelli, June MSN, RN, CNS; Ecker, Margaret MS, RN; Baker, John BS, CPHQ, CHDA; Shanks, Helana MSN, RN; Kleinhelter, Pam MSN, RN, NE-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000444876.62569.51
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Read this article to determine if nursing interventions help prevent hospital-acquired pressureulcer (HAPU) development.

At the time of the study, within Kaiser Permanente, Southern Calif., Anna Omery, nurse scientist, was director of nursing research, Deanna Mussell an ICU charge nurse, June Rondinelli a project manager for the Regional Nursing Research program, and Margaret Ecker a retired nursing quality director. John Baker remains a statistical consultant based out of Alachua, Fla. Helana Shanks was the director of nursing and Pam Kleinhelter was an ICU/Dialysis nurse manager at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Ascension Healthcare, Jacksonville Fla. The authors would also like to acknowledge Regina Valdez and Cecelia Crawford, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Regional Nursing Research Program for data assistance.

The authors have disclosed that this investigation was partially sponsored by the National Kaiser Permanente Quality and Patient Safety Management Program in Oakland, Calif. The remainder of operations was supported through the Nursing Research Program, Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente in Southern Calif.

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