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dc.contributor.authorGrosvenor, Jane
dc.contributor.authorO'Hara, Mary
dc.contributor.authorDowling, Maura
dc.identifier.citationGrosvenor, Jane, O' Hara, Mary, & Dowling, Maura. (2016). Skin injury prevention in an Irish neonatal unit: An action research study. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 22(4), 185-195. doi:
dc.description.abstractAim This study aimed to improve skin assessment and skincare practices for neonates in a regional neonatal setting in Ireland by the implementation of the Neonatal Tissue Viability Risk Assessment Tool. Method A qualitative Participatory Action Research design was used. Following the introduction of the Neonatal Tissue Viability Risk Assessment Tool into the neonatal unit three focus groups with nurses (n = 17) were held. The focus group data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results Neonatal nurses acknowledged the need for change regarding the prevention of neonatal skin injuries. Variations in skincare practices were found and a need for standardised care was highlighted. Implementation of the Neonatal Tissue Viability Risk Assessment Tool helped to raise awareness, standardise practice and improve documentation and communication. Conclusion Implementing a skin risk assessment tool into neonatal units in Ireland together with evidence-based skincare guidelines and staff education could result in the reduction of skin injuries in these infants.en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Neonatal Nursingen
dc.subjectSkin risk assessment toolen_IE
dc.subjectNeonatal intensive care uniten_IE
dc.subjectAction researchen_IE
dc.subjectSkin injuryen_IE
dc.subjectNeonatal pressure ulceren_IE
dc.subjectFocus groupsen_IE
dc.titleSkin injury prevention in an Irish neonatal unit: An action research studyen_IE
dc.local.contactMaura Dowling, School Of Nursing And Midwifery, Room 415 Aras Moyola, Newcastle Road, Galway. 3833 Email:

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