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Children’s wins 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety

June 28, 2016

MILWAUKEE - The Pressure Ulcer Prevention (PUP) team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the recipient of the fifth annual 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for achieving a significant decrease in pressure ulcer incidence hospital-wide.

The recognition was announced by St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society. Members of the PUP team accepted the award at the opening ceremonies of the 48th Annual WOCN/Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Joint Conference held in Montreal, Quebec, from June 4 to 8. 

“Despite the perception that pressure ulcers only affect adults, infants and children are at risk for pressure ulcers while receiving medical care,” said Rebekah Barrette, wound and skin care clinical nurse specialist at Children’s and the PUP team co-lead. “Our team continually refines our approach to help achieve better outcomes and ensure every child is safe in our care.”

The PUP team executed training techniques and personalization to each patient by identifying primary issues that may affect a patient’s recovery and mitigate the threats of developing skin breakdown due to irritation and disruption to the patient’s skin. In addition to educating staff nurses about prevention, assessment and pressure ulcer treatment, the team also implemented specific prevention bundles for children at high risk and developed a real-time data collection system to assist in connecting the change in practice to improved patient outcomes.

“Patient safety and injury prevention are extremely important to us,” said Mike Gutzeit, MD, vice president and chief medical officer at Children’s. “We are so proud of the work the team is doing to ensure we are continually learning and improving in order to provide the best and safest care.”

3M sponsored the award to recognize health care facilities that have implemented a patient care regimen resulting in improved skin integrity and skin health. To compete for the award, facilities across the nation were invited by the WOCN Society to submit summaries of skin care programs that have achieved measurable and sustained results and demonstrated best-in-class prevention protocols, product formulary, interdisciplinary participation and senior leadership engagement, as well as creative and effective staff and patient education.

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s PUP team has produced impressive pressure ulcer prevention results, touching and improving a lot of young lives,” said Leslie McDonnell, vice president of global marketing at 3M. “This team represents the true essence of the Skin Safety Award, and it is an honor to recognize both their effort and leadership.”

"We selected the Children’s team for this award for their innovative hands-on, peer-to-peer education model for identifying high-risk patients and implementing evidence-based pressure ulcer prevention strategies,” said WOCN Society President Carolyn Watts. “Our organization is truly thankful to continue our partnership with 3M in recognizing our specialty’s standout caregivers for their remarkable dedication to improving patient care.

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About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2014, Children’s invested more than $102 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at

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