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Gaymar Announces Roberta S. Abruzzese Publishing Award Winners

Morris A. Magnan, PhD, RN, and JoAnn Maklebust, MSN, APRN, BC, AOCN, FAAN, are recognized for their article “Multisite Web-based Training in Using the Braden Scale to Predict Pressure Sore Risk.”

Orchard Park, NY, December 18, 2008 --( Gaymar Industries, the leading provider of medical solutions for pressure ulcer and temperature management, today announced the winners of the Roberta S. Abruzzese Publishing Award, which was presented recently at the 23rd Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year’s winners of the Abruzzese award are Morris A. Magnan, PhD, RN, and JoAnn Maklebust, MSN, APRN, BC, AOCN, FAAN, who were recognized for their article “Multisite Web-based Training in Using the Braden Scale to Predict Pressure Sore Risk.” The article was published in the March 2008 issue of Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

“Dr. Abruzzese was a great scholar and educator who significantly advanced the study and treatment of pressure ulcers, and Roberta was also a personal friend and colleague,” said Dr. Thomas Stewart, President of Gaymar Industries. “This award is especially meaningful to all of us who were fortunate enough to have been touched by her insight and wisdom, which she shared freely. Gaymar is honored to sponsor this award in her name and proud to present it to two worthy recipients who are carrying on her legacy.”

Sponsored by Gaymar, the third annual Roberta S. Abruzzese Publishing Award is a tribute to the founder of Advances in Skin & Wound Care—originally named Decubitus—that honors her commitment to excellence in clinical practice and her drive to advance the practice of the wound care specialty through education and literature.

The winning entry was chosen by a panel of judges selected from the journal’s editorial advisory board who considered feature-length articles—both clinical topics and original investigations—that were published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care between August 2007 and August 2008.

Morris A. Magnan is a staff nurse in the emergency department at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. He has served on the board of directors for the Center for Nursing Advocacy, and he is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society as well as the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

JoAnn Maklebust is a clinical nurse specialist in wound care and a nurse practitioner for the general and oncologic surgery service in the Karmanos Cancer Center at the Detroit Medical Center. She is also an adjunct associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. Maklebust served as a founding member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), where she was a public policy chair for nine years.

About Gaymar
Founded in 1956, Gaymar produces state-of-the art pressure ulcer and temperature management solutions that provide relief to millions of patients worldwide each year with unmatched efficacy, comfort and safety. Owned by the Nautic Partners, LLC, Gaymar is also a global leader in health education, clinical studies and clinical resources that deliver a multi-faceted approach for preventing or relieving pain and suffering to enhance the quality of life. Gaymar is committed to the development of clinical solutions in a way that promotes caring, passion, quality, innovation and integrity. Visit Gaymar on the Web at

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