Research Abstracts Online
January 2009 - March 2010
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
School of Nursing
PI: Bonnie L. Westra
Co-PI: Donna Z. Bliss
The Impact of a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse on Wounds and Incontinence Outcomes for Home Health Care Patients
The purpose of this research is to identify and evaluate the contributions and benefits of the certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse (CWOCN) for patients receiving home health care (HHC). A CWOCN is a nurse certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) in one or more of the specialty areas of practice (wound, ostomy, or continence care) and/or is a graduate of a WOCN-accredited Nursing Education Program. This study focuses on the impact of the CWOCN for patients receiving HHC services and who remain in the community after discharge from the HHC agency.
The specific aims of this research are: to compare the prevalence of pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, surgical wounds, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and urinary tract infections (UTI) at the start of an episode of care within and across HHC agencies with and without a CWOCN; to compare the differences in outcomes (improvement, stabilization, and deterioration) in pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, surgical wounds, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and UTI for patients and agencies with and without a CWOCN; and to compare the incidence of pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, surgical wounds, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and urinary tract infections (UTI) after the start of an episode of HHC for agencies with and without a CWOCN.
Alina Dina, Staff
Yuefeng Hou, Graduate Student
Kay Savik, Staff