Susan M. Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse is currently the Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Educator with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Medical Education, College of Nursing, and Center for Health Systems improvement in Memphis, TN. Susan retired from the Veterans Health Administration after 34 ½ years of federal service. She has published and lectured internationally about pressure injuries in the operating room.
Susan was recognized by the American Academy of Nurses in the Raise the Voice Campaign. As part of the campaign, the Academy is showcasing stories of nurse “Edge Runners” – the practical innovators who are transforming America's health care system through nursing solutions. The "Perioperative Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program (PPUPP): An innovative effort to prevent pressure injuries in surgical patients" showcases the Memphis VA nursing research and aggressive approach to improving patient safety and outcomes. She developed the “Scott Triggers” an evidence-based tool used to identify high risk in surgical patients.
Recently she published “Progress and Challenges in Perioperative Pressure Ulcer Prevention” in the J Wound, Ostomy Continence Nursing. In 2016 she served on the task force to develop the AORN PPUPP online toolkit and published “Creating a strategic plan for perioperative pressure ulcer prevention” in the AORN journal.