Check it Out!

PA MAP-IT for Healthy Skin Toolbox now available.  This toolbox represents a method for collaboration of acute and post-acute providers working together to improve outcomes by creating a sustainable change process targeted at a specific care issue.

Here is a summary of updated classification for Pressure ulcers, now named pressure injury.  Click on the blue link for the article:

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP 2016)Updated Pressure Injury Classifications


Palliative Wound Care and End of Life Wounds The link gives online sites that are references for clinical practice, education and research and for legal nurse consultant reference.

Here is a nice review on risk assesment and the Braden Scale for pressure ulcers:   Click on this link for the article.    The Risk of Risk Assessment: Pressure Ulcer Assessment and the Braden Scale In Annals of Long-term Care by Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD, RN-BC, CWCN, CALA, NHA, FCPP, Assistant Professor, Health Services, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA


The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. 


 MAP-IT Education Makes Impact on Regulatory Survey

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 MAP-IT organizations release communication guidelines:   guidelines










MAP-IT Organizational Assessment tool is  available in our Resource files.

Welcome to the PA MAP-IT for Healthy Skin Forum!

The PA MAP-IT for Healthy Skin pilot project is aimed at reducing the high incidence of pressure ulcers among Pennsylvania residents regardless of the setting in which they are receiving health care.


Some-skin to think about...  

Article:  The effect of Oral Medication on Wound Healing from Advances in Skin & WOund Care:  The Journal for Prevention and Healing.  Of the oral medications available, most target ancillary aspects of wound care such as pain management, infection mitigation, and nutrition.

Healthy Skin Shorts videos are now available (click on title to watch)

AHRQ program:  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created On-Time Pressure Ulcer Healing to help nursing homes with electronic medical records address pressure ulcers that are slow to heal. Pressure ulcers remain a serious problem in nursing homes despite regulatory and market approaches to encourage prevention and treatment. Pressure ulcers cause pain, disfigurement, and increased infection risk and are associated with longer hospital stays and increased morbidity and mortality. Median annual nursing home pressure ulcer prevalence was 7.5 percent in 2009, with associated costs of $3.3 billion annually.

Article on Pressure ulcer Treatment Strategies from the Annals of Internal Medicine

Article on Pressure ulcer Lawsuits in Long Term Care from Legal Advisor

WOCN algorithm for support surfaces:   An Evidence-and Consensus-Based Support Surface Algorithm

 The WOCN Wound Treatment Associate program, offered by Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses and sponsored by Pennsylvania by Kendal Outreach, is offered to any nurse in PA on an ongoing basis in late summer and early spring. The classes fill up quickly, contact (below) with interest to be placed on a waiting list.

Those interested should contact Karen Russell (, Linda Hnatow (, Ruth Bish (  More information for registration can be found at the Kendal Outreach website



 Kendal Outreach