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May 2012

Julia S. Triplett, RN, MSN, MBA
Director of Staff Development
Vanderbilt Home Care Services

Type of project: Quality improvement
Co-workers involved in project: Andrea Calhoun, RN, BSN and Rebecca L. Banaszak, RN, WCC
Title of project: Electronic Photo Documentation to Manage Complex Wounds in Home Health
Why did you choose your project: Wound care is a challenge and increasing in complexity as home health nurses manage a variety wounds. Recent isolated occurrences influenced our decision to initiate the pilot.

  • Nurses encountered patients with ulcers at start of care which were undocumented at hospital    discharge.
  • Nurses were managing more chronic, non-healing wounds.
  • Anecdotal reports of inconsistent communication on wound status and wound measurements among nurses and with physicians.

Presentation locations:
1.)  Symposium on Advances Wound Care (SAWC), April 2012
2.)  Nurses' Week Research Poster Session - VUMC, May 2012

Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), April 2012