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2010 Research and EPB Projects

Donna Brown

Research Coach Claire Langdon, RN, MS, IBCLC and Research Fellow Donna Brown, RN, IBCLC

PICO question:"In healthy postpartum women on a maternity unit, will Kinesio elastic therapeutic taping decrease breast engorgement and breast pain in mothers wanting to successfully breastfeed their babies.

We are continuing to explore what would be prudent in our ongoing desire to find solutions for an effective treatment for engorgement. Though the use of Kinesio Tape has been reported to increase lymphatic fluid flow, it did not provide any statistical benefit in this study design. Nevertheless, our clinical impression was positive.

It has been a huge learning experience to be a part of the El Camino Hospital nursing research program. I have had the opportunity to work with some great people and experienced some different aspects of nursing that I was not aware of. I have grown professionally and personally through this process, and i am thankful to be included in a part of the research program.

I would recommend the program for those highly motivated people who are interested in doing nursing research. It is very gratifying to add to our body of knowledge.


Fellows: Ilana Shafir, RN, BS, CCRN and Michael Purnell, RN, BSN, CCRN

Research Fellows Ilana Shafir, RN, BS, CCRN and Michael Purnell, RN, BSN, CCRN

PICO question: For intubated and sedated adult patients in a medical surgical critical care unit, how does a nonverbal pain assessment tool compare to the patient's self-report of pain and to existing pain assessment measures?

The aim of this investigation was to evaluate a pain assessment tool designed for use with intubated and sedated patients who are unable to verbalize their pain, and improve the accuracy of pain assessment.

We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in nursing research, and appreciate all the support from the many disciplines that were involved. It allowed us professional growth along with great insight into the research process and what it entails. Our results proved to be statistically significant, and we hope to move forward and implement the Nonverbal Pain Scale to better assist the critical care nurses in pain assessment and management of the intubated and sedated patient population.


Linda Batey

Research Fellow Linda Batey, RN, BSN, CNN and Research Coach Jina Canson, RN, MSN

PICO question: "In the adult maintenance hemodialysis patient, will a standardized documentation process for nursing management and assessment of vascular access increase conversion success to permanent fistula/graft access?"

The evidence-base practice fellowship was a rewarding journey, from choosing the project to completion of the poster. I learned the true meaning of perseverance.

With this project, we were able to improve patient care for our End Stage Renal Disease patients. I want to thank all those that inspired, mentored, and supported me through this experience. The knowledge that I gained will be applicable to future projects.


Fellow: Debbie Smyth, RN, BSN Coach: Margot Flaugher, PT, MPT

Research Fellow Debbie Smyth, RN, BSN and Research Coach Margot Flaugher, PT, MPT

PICO Question: Can adult patients on a surgical unit, following THA (total hip arthroplasty, anterior approach) safely ambulate the day of surgery and decrease length of stay?

We found patients undergoing early ambulation following anterior hip replacement did not appear to have any additional risk to recovery and demonstrated a slightly shorter length of stay. This data reinforced collaborative teamwork and positive practice changes between disciplines within the hospital.

The research fellowship provided us with the tools we needed to enter into the realm of research and evidence based practice. The opportunity to work together in a collaborative, interdisciplinary fashion allowed us to expand our horizons in regards to our prospective professions. We can't thank those involved in the process enough for nurturing our project along and facilitating our learning process.