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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164284
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Enhancing Assessment and Documentation of Wounds through Digital Photography
Author(s):
Hartman, Cynthia; Preston, Ave Maria
Author Details:
Cynthia Hartman, MSN, CRNP, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Ave Maria Preston, MSN,RN,CWOCN
Abstract:
Purpose: To develop a systematic program to improve the assessment and documentation of complex wounds through the innovative use of digital photography. Significance: The accurate assessment and documentation of wounds are essential for developing a comprehensive plan of care, improving interdisciplinary communication, evaluating the effectiveness of wound care therapies, and protecting the hospital against litigation. Digital photography is a novel adjunct to documentation which can be used to meet the national call for improving the quality of wound care. Design: In order to implement a wound photography program, a systematic approach was needed to address all the competency, logistical and legal implications of this process. Methods: The wound photography program includes the protocol for obtaining informed consent, timing photographs, developing criteria for who can take the photograph as well as assuring staff competency, selecting the right quality camera, assuring effective patient identification, storing photographs, and releasing copies to patients upon request. The documentation form, staff competency, issues related to HIPAA and patient rights, and recommendations for standardized digital equipment will be presented. Findings: The use of digital photography has enhanced the reliability and accuracy of wound documentation. A group of specially trained clinical nurses and clinical nurse specialists have demonstrated competency in the systematic approach to digital wound photography. Additionally, the readily available and visual documentation has increased opportunities to mentor practitioners from all disciplines. Conclusions: Digital photography is becoming a more prevalent documentation tool. Implications for Practice: There are important issues around patient consent, privacy protection, staff competency, and image alteration that need to be addressed.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEnhancing Assessment and Documentation of Wounds through Digital Photographyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHartman, Cynthiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorPreston, Ave Mariaen_US
dc.author.detailsCynthia Hartman, MSN, CRNP, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Ave Maria Preston, MSN,RN,CWOCNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164284-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To develop a systematic program to improve the assessment and documentation of complex wounds through the innovative use of digital photography. Significance: The accurate assessment and documentation of wounds are essential for developing a comprehensive plan of care, improving interdisciplinary communication, evaluating the effectiveness of wound care therapies, and protecting the hospital against litigation. Digital photography is a novel adjunct to documentation which can be used to meet the national call for improving the quality of wound care. Design: In order to implement a wound photography program, a systematic approach was needed to address all the competency, logistical and legal implications of this process. Methods: The wound photography program includes the protocol for obtaining informed consent, timing photographs, developing criteria for who can take the photograph as well as assuring staff competency, selecting the right quality camera, assuring effective patient identification, storing photographs, and releasing copies to patients upon request. The documentation form, staff competency, issues related to HIPAA and patient rights, and recommendations for standardized digital equipment will be presented. Findings: The use of digital photography has enhanced the reliability and accuracy of wound documentation. A group of specially trained clinical nurses and clinical nurse specialists have demonstrated competency in the systematic approach to digital wound photography. Additionally, the readily available and visual documentation has increased opportunities to mentor practitioners from all disciplines. Conclusions: Digital photography is becoming a more prevalent documentation tool. Implications for Practice: There are important issues around patient consent, privacy protection, staff competency, and image alteration that need to be addressed.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:45:30Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:45:30Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameClinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellenceen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlanta, Georgia, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgiaen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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