Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, WOCN, FAAN

Professor

Location: 5-234 Factor Building

Phone: (310) 206-5739

Email: bbatesjensen@sonnet.ucla.edu

Overview

“Most of us don't think anything of small, everyday injuries – that's because these injuries or wounds usually heal without any problems. However, many wounds don't heal properly. Sometimes it's the type of wound. Wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers from chronic venous or artery disease, bedsores, traumatic injuries and even surgical wounds may not heal. The problems are a lack of knowledge about how to diagnose & treat wounds and lack of access (funding) to proper therapies, medical technologies and trained wound-care professionals. The result is millions of untreated and mistreated patients each year”


At UCLA, Dr. Barbara Bates-Jensen is engaged in clinical research and education that highlights wound care best practices. Her research on pressure ulcers (bedsores) and chronic wound care (screening, detection methods, assessment, and management) focuses on vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents, elders, veterans with spinal cord injury, and critically ill patients. Chronic wounds, such as ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and leg ulcers have become a silent global epidemic, in part because of poor outcomes associated with inadequate care. But also because of limited public awareness on the financial costs of patient care. Working with UCLA professors in computer science and bioengineering, Dr. Bates-Jensen helped invent a wound care medical device that measures skin and tissue damage before it becomes visible on the skin surface. The research her team is doing has the potential to improve sustainable patient wound care throughout the global medical community.


Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Gerontology nursing, chronic care, wound care, global education, behavioral observation studies, clinical trials, cohort observational studies

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Pressure ulcers & wound care (screening, prevention, assessment & management), quality of care, and implementation science (translating research evidence into practice) in long term care.
Clinical: Gerontology nursing, spinal cord injury and pressure ulcers, chronic care, and wound care.

Courses

N230A, N230B, N54A, N54B, N208

Professional Activities

2007 - 2008 National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Committee for Developing Pressure Ulcer 
Treatment Clinical Practice Guidelines
2008 - 2010 Association for Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), Board of Directors
2012-2016 Association for Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), Secretary

Education

University of Nebraska, BSN, 1981, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, MN, 1992, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1998, Nursing

Honors and Awards

2010 JWOCN Research Manuscript Award for manuscript entitled, "Subepidermal 
Moisture is Associated with Early Pressure Ulcer Damage in Nursing Home 
Residents with Dark Skin Tones: Pilot Findings". 
2010 Inducted as Fellow in American Academy of Nursing

Publications

Guihan, M, Bates-Jensen, BM, Chun, S, Parachuri, R, Chin, AS, McCreath, H. Assessing the feasibility of subepidermal moisture to predict erythema and stage 1 pressure ulcers in persons with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. J Spinal Cord Medicine, 2012; 35(1): 46-52.

Harris, CL, Bates-Jensen, B, Parslow, N, Raizman, R, Singh, M, Ketchen, R. The Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool (BWAT)© Pictorial Guide validation project. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2010; 37(3):253-259

Bates-Jensen, B.M. (2009). Chapter 122 Pressure Ulcers. In Halter, J, Ouslander, J.G (Eds). Hazzard's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 6th edition.

Bates-Jensen, B.M., Guihan, M., Garber, S., Burns, S.P. Characteristics of recurrent pressure ulcers in veterans with spinal cord injury. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 2009;32(1):34-42.

Bates-Jensen BM, McCreath HE, Pongquan V. Subepidermal moisture is associated with early pressure ulcer damage in nursing home residents with dark skin tones: pilot findings. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2009 May-Jun;36(3):277-84. PMID: 19448508.

Bates-Jensen, B.M., McCreath, H., Pongquan, V. Apeles, NCR. Sub-Epidermal Moisture Differentiates Erythema and Stage I Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Home Residents. Wound Repair and Regeneration, 2008; 16: 189-197.

Ward KT, Bates-Jensen B, Eslami MS, Whiteman E, Dattoma L, Friedman JL, Mariano J, Moore AA. Addressing delays in medication administration among patients transferred from the hospital to the nursing home: A pilot quality improvement project. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2008;6:205-211.

Bates-Jensen, B.M. & Allman, R.M. (2007). Pressure Ulcers. In Markides, E.S (Ed). Encyclopedia of Health and Aging. Sage Publications, Inc.

Bates-Jensen, B.M. & MacLean, C.H. (2007). Quality indicators for the care of pressure ulcers in vulnerable elders. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2007:55 Suppl 2:S409-16.

Gupta, S, Bates-Jensen, B, Gabriel, A, Holloway, A, Niezgoda, J, Weir, D. (2007). Differentiating Negative Pressure Wound Therapy devices: An illustrative case series.Wounds, 19(Suppl): 1-9.

Bates-Jensen, B.M., McCreath, H.E., Kono, A, Apeles, N.C., Howell, L., Alessi, C. Sub-Epidermal Moisture Predicts Erythema and Stage I Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Home Residents: A Pilot Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2007; 55:1199-1205.

Bates-Jensen, B.M., McCreath, H., Pongquan, V. Testing threshold values for subepidermal moisture: Identifying stage I pressure ulcers in nursing home residents. L'Escarre [French] 2007.

Sussman, C. & Bates-Jensen, B.M. (2006) (Eds) Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Health Care Practitioners Third Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Sussman, C. & Bates-Jensen, B.M. (2006) (Eds) Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Health Care Practitioners Third Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Bates-Jensen, B.M., Simmons, S.F., Schnelle, J.F., Alessi, C.A. Evaluating the accuracy of Minimum Data Set bed mobility ratings against independent performance assessments: Systematic error and directions for improvement. The Gerontologist, 2005;45(6):731-8.

Bates-Jensen, B, Nystul, S, Scachetti, GG. Pressure ulcer prevention in the home care setting. In Malagutti, W, Kakihara, C (Eds). Wounds and Curatives, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Editora Martinari.

Bates-Jensen, B, Nystul, S, Scachetti, GG. Pressure ulcer management in the home care setting. In Malagutti, W, Kakihara, C (Eds). Wounds and Curatives, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Editora Martinari.

Bates-Jensen, B, Seeman, S. Skin Disorders. In Ferrell, BR, Coyle, N (Eds). Textbook of Palliative Nursing, Third Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.