2017 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Honoree: The University of Chicago Medicine
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2017 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Honoree: The University of Chicago Medicine

Committed to skin integrity, improving patient health.

  • You're committed to protecting your patients' skin. 3M and the WOCN® Society want to recognize your innovation and dedication.

    The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.

    Submissions for the 2018 award are now closed. Check back in early 2019 for details about the award nomination process.


How to Nominate Your Program

Now is your chance to show how your team's effort and commitment to skin integrity leads the way in best practices.

  • Nominate your program for skin award

    Nominate Your Program

    The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety is open to certified Wound Care nurses (CWCN or CWOCN) and members in good standing of the WOCN® Society. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of WOCN member judges, and the winning team is awarded a complimentary trip to the WOCN Society's Annual Conference.

    Submissions for the 2018 award are now closed. Check back in early 2019 for details about the award nomination process.

  • About the skin award

    About the Award

    Funded by an unrestricted education grant from 3M to the WOCN Society, this award is given annually in recognition of a skin safety program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.


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  • Connectifcut Children's Medical Center Skin Award Honoree

    2018 Honoree: Connecticut Children's Medical Center

    Connecticut Children's Medical Center's successful skin care program received the seventh annual 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for maintaining a pressure injury prevalence that remains lower than the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and consistently meeting the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) International Consortium of Children’s Hospitals shared harm reduction goals to transform the safety and quality of care delivered in children’s hospitals.

Improving skin care outcomes

The Connecticut Children's Medical Center skin care program began in 2012 to address pressure injury prevention and improve skin care outcomes. Learn how Connecticut Children's developed a robust education and training program to provide staff with the most current evidence-based skin care practices.

Past 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Honorees

Since 2012 the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety has recognized individuals and teams who have implemented a patient care regimen resulting in improved skin integrity or the maintenance of patients' skin health as they undergo treatment in a heath care facility. Past honorees include:

 

2018: Connecticut Children's Medical Center

2017: The University of Chicago Medicine

2016: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

2015: The Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Philadelphia

2014: Lourdes Specialty Hospital (Willingboro, NJ)

2013: Tuscon Northwest Medical Center

2012: Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, NY)


Honoree Spotlight: The Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Philadelphia

Cancer treatments can ravage patients’ bodies as they simultaneously heal them. Consequently, oncology patients are at a high risk for skin issues, including pressure ulcers. In 2011, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Philadelphia (CTCA) learned through an internal review that its hospital-acquired pressure ulcer incidence rates were 11 percent. As an organization that prides itself on high-quality, patient-centered care, the CTCA in Philadelphia found this statistic unacceptable.

The next year, the hospital—from the nurses on the front lines to senior management—embarked on a concerted effort to reduce the incidence rate of skin-related problems. 

Sustaining a skin integrity program

Since receiving the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety in 2015, CTCA in Philadelphia the hospital-acquired incident rate has held steady at one percent for the last three years, while its prevalence rate was at a remarkable .33 percent for 2017. Listen to staff share how its Skin Wound Ostomy Team (SWOT) has become a strong presence at the institution.


News About Honorees

  • Maintaining Patient Skin Integrity
  • Taking a Team-Based Approach to Reduce Pressure Ulcers
  • Adapting Pressure ‘Injury’ Prevention Programs
  • How CTCA Philadelphia lowered pressure ulcer rates to 1%
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