Susan Moffatt-Bruce

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BACKGROUND Obesity contributes to immobility and subsequent pressure on skin surfaces. Knowledge of the relationship between obesity and development of pressure ulcers in intensive care patients will provide better understanding of which patients are at high risk for pressure ulcers and allow more efficient prevention. OBJECTIVES To examine the incidence(More)
BACKGROUND Patients in intensive care units are at higher risk for development of pressure ulcers than other patients. In order to prevent pressure ulcers from developing in intensive care patients, risk for development of pressure ulcers must be assessed accurately. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the predictive validity of the Braden scale for assessing risk for(More)
The medical center experienced 8 wrong site/procedure/patient events between April 2008 and January 2010. A common cause analysis (CCA) was conducted on all 8 events to determine the causal factors of these events. After a sentinel event is identified, the medical center conducts a root cause analysis (RCA) within 45 days of the event. A CCA helps recognize(More)
Solid organ transplant recipients are prescribed a high number of medications, increasing the potential for medication errors. Barcode-assisted medication administration (BCMA) is technology that reduces medication administration errors. An observational study was conducted at an academic medical center solid organ transplant unit before and after BMCA(More)
Histopathologic techniques are insufficient for distinguishing primary squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) from metastatic SCC, which is clinically important. A patient with SCC of the anus was found to also have SCC of the lung, and the question of metastatic versus synchronous primary diseases was raised. Immunohistochemical and hematoxylin and eosin (H&E)(More)
An ideal for clinical organ transplantation is for the recipient to develop graft-specific immune tolerance. Although tolerance may occur, there is no way of identifying those recipients who are tolerant vs. those still capable of rejecting their graft. Thus immunosuppressive therapy is normally continued throughout life with the attendant risks of(More)
OBJECTIVES Barcode-assisted medication administration (BCMA) is technology with demonstrated benefit in reducing medication administration errors in hospitalized patients; however, it is not routinely used in emergency departments (EDs). EDs may benefit from BCMA, because ED medication administration is complex and error-prone. METHODS A naïve(More)