Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Remote Wound Care Consultation for Nursing Homes: Using a Web-Based Assessment and Care Planning Tool

Lanny Hammett, MS, RN, ANP; Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS; Marna Flaherty-Robb, MSN, RN, CNS; Georgie Sawyer, BS, RN; Daniel Olson, BA

Abstract

Pressure ulcers represent a particular challenge in long-term care (LTC) facilities, where many frail older adults with reduced mobility reside. Guidelines for preventing and treating pressure ulcers have existed for many years; however, nurses in LTC facilities do not always use best practices in pressure ulcer care. In this article, the authors report on the development and pilot testing of a Web-based pressure ulcer management tool used for remote consultation in LTC.

Abstract

Pressure ulcers represent a particular challenge in long-term care (LTC) facilities, where many frail older adults with reduced mobility reside. Guidelines for preventing and treating pressure ulcers have existed for many years; however, nurses in LTC facilities do not always use best practices in pressure ulcer care. In this article, the authors report on the development and pilot testing of a Web-based pressure ulcer management tool used for remote consultation in LTC.
Authors
Mr. Hammett is Director, Durable Medical Equipment, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Dr. Harvath is Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, Ms. Flaherty-Robb is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hospital and Clinics, and Ms. Sawyer is Research Assistant, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, and Mr. Olson is Web Specialist, Center of Research in Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity.

The authors acknowledge the funding received from the John A. Hartford Foundation under their initiative Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity, and from the Collins Medical Trust.

Address correspondence to Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS, Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 SW U.S. Veterans Road, SN-6S, Portland, OR 97239-2941; e-mail: harvatht@ohsu.edu.

10.3928/00989134-20071101-09

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