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Teresa J. Kelechi

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InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentNursing
AddressP.O. Box MSC 160
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College of Nursing - 99 Jonathan Lucas St.
Phone843-792-4602
Fax843-792-2099
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    Dr. Teresa J. Kelechi is the David and Margarget Clare Endowed Chair and a Professor in the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, a Master of Science Degree in Gerontological Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina/Medical University of South Carolina. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society as a Certified Wound Care Nurse. Dr. Kelechi has been employed at MUSC since 1987 as a geriatric and wound care provider until 2001 when she joined the College of Nursing. Her primary focus as a nurse scientist is venous leg ulcer prevention. She also studies self-monitoring methods using infrared thermometry technology to detect subclinical evidence of ulcer development. She had been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the differences in skin temperature and blood flow of skin affected by chronic venous disorders and most recently was funded to study the impact of a cooling cuff on the development of leg ulcers. She is also studying a wound powder applied to wounds that develop at the end-of-life. In the past she has received grants from Marine Polymer Technologies to study an advanced wound healing technology, the American Nurses Foundation to study the temperature of skin affected by chronic venous disease, and the Wound Ostomy Continence Society to evaluate the effects of small movement exercises on leg strength in people with leg and foot ulcers.

    Dr. Kelechi currently teaches in the PhD program at the College of Nursing. For her performance as educator, Dr. Kelechi was awarded the U.S Professor of Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has received the Outstanding PhD Faculty Award, several Golden Lamp Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the Teaching Excellence Award and Educator-Mentor from the Health Sciences Foundation (MUSC), among others. Dr. Kelechi is the Director of Recruitment, SUCCESS Center, of the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA), MUSC. She practices in a residential care facility, where she provides foot care and geriatric consultation. She is a frequently sought-after lecturer on topics related to aging, foot care, and wound prevention. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an active member of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Southern Nurses Research Society, Society for Vascular Nursing, and the American Nurses Association.

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    Aging, Inflammation, Nerve, Skin, Circulation, Diabetes, Exercise, Pain, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Cancer/Skin, Complementary Medicine, Vascular

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    1. Kelechi TJ. Commentary: Chronic Tissue Injury: Making the Case for a New Form of Skin Damage. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 46(3):192-193. PMID: 31083061.
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    2. Hickey KT, Bakken S, Byrne MW, Bailey DCE, Demiris G, Docherty SL, Dorsey SG, Guthrie BJ, Heitkemper MM, Jacelon CS, Kelechi TJ, Moore SM, Redeker NS, Renn CL, Resnick B, Starkweather A, Thompson H, Ward TM, McCloskey DJ, Austin JK, Grady PA. Precision health: Advancing symptom and self-management science. Nurs Outlook. 2019 Jan 18. PMID: 30795850.
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    3. Jaruzel CB, Gregoski M, Mueller M, Faircloth A, Kelechi T. Aromatherapy for Preoperative Anxiety: A Pilot Study. J Perianesth Nurs. 2019 Apr; 34(2):259-264. PMID: 30205934.
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    4. Conley P, Kelechi TJ, Nemeth LS, Mueller M. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Discharge Education and Quality of Life Evaluation: A Feasibility Study. Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2018 Aug; 32(3):328-348. PMID: 30567842.
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    5. Kelechi TJ, Dooley MJ, Mueller M, Madisetti M, Prentice MA. Symptoms Associated With Chronic Venous Disease in Response to a Cooling Treatment Compared to Placebo: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2018 Jul/Aug; 45(4):301-309. PMID: 29846278.
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    6. Caldieraro-Bentley AJ, Kelechi TJ, Treat-Jacobson D, Mueller M. Challenges in recruitment of persons with peripheral artery disease for exercise studies. J Vasc Nurs. 2018 09; 36(3):111-120. PMID: 30139448.
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    7. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Madisetti M, Prentice MA, Dooley MJ. Effectiveness of cooling therapy (cryotherapy) on leg pain and self-efficacy in patients with chronic venous disease: A randomized controlled trial. Int J Nurs Stud. 2018 Oct; 86:1-10. PMID: 29957362.
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    8. Monsen KA, Kelechi TJ, McRae ME, Mathiason MA, Martin KS. Nursing Theory, Terminology, and Big Data: Data-Driven Discovery of Novel Patterns in Archival Randomized Clinical Trial Data. Nurs Res. 2018 Mar/Apr; 67(2):122-132. PMID: 29489633.
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    9. Bentley AJ, Kelechi TJ. Motivators and Barriers to Walking in Older Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease. J Gerontol Nurs. 2018 Jan 01; 44(1):43-50. PMID: 28895972.
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    10. Conway CM, Kelechi TJ. Digital Health for Medication Adherence in Adult Diabetes or Hypertension: An Integrative Review. JMIR Diabetes. 2017 Aug 16; 2(2):e20. PMID: 30291093.
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    11. McRae ME, Coleman B, Atz TW, Kelechi TJ. Patient outcomes after transcatheter and surgical pulmonary valve replacement for pulmonary regurgitation in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot: A quasi-meta-analysis. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 Aug; 16(6):539-553. PMID: 28756698.
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    12. Madisetti M, Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Amella EJ, Prentice MA. Feasibility, acceptability, and tolerability of RGN107 in the palliative wound care management of chronic wound symptoms. J Wound Care. 2017 Jan 02; 26(Sup1):S25-S34. PMID: 28105900.
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    13. Honaker J, Ammons C, Kelechi T. Incorporating Cutaneous and Wound Bacterial Bioburden Biomarkers into Clinical Research: A Review of Best Practices. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2016 Sep; 29(9):422-30. PMID: 27538110.
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    14. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Madisetti M, Prentice MA, Dooley MJ. Does cryotherapy improve skin circulation compared with compression and elevation in preventing venous leg ulcers? Int Wound J. 2017 Aug; 14(4):641-648. PMID: 27511115.
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    15. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Dooley M. Sex differences in symptom severity and clusters in patients with stage C4 and stage C5 chronic venous disease. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 01; 16(1):28-36. PMID: 26888961.
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    16. Jaruzel CB, Kelechi TJ. Relief from anxiety using complementary therapies in the perioperative period: A principle-based concept analysis. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug; 24:1-5. PMID: 27502794.
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    17. Smith SB, Hollerbach A, Donato AS, Edlund BJ, Atz T, Kelechi TJ. Streamlining Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Procedures to Promote Early-Career Faculty Success. J Prof Nurs. 2016 Sep-Oct; 32(5):334-41. PMID: 27649591.
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    18. Bonham PA, Flemister BG, Droste LR, Johnson JJ, Kelechi T, Ratliff CR, Varnado MF. 2014 Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients With Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease (LEAD): An Executive Summary. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb; 43(1):23-31. PMID: 26649551.
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    19. Kelechi TJ, Madisetti M, Mueller M, Dooley M, Prentice M. Self-monitoring of lower leg skin temperature: accuracy of self-reported data and adherence to a cooling protocol for the prevention of venous leg ulcers. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2015; 9:1751-61. PMID: 26719678.
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    20. Monfre JM, Kelechi TJ, Magwood GS, Mueller M. Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Symptom Intrusiveness Rating Scale Among Individuals Experiencing Pain Associated With Chronic Wounds. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2015 Sep-Oct; 42(5):474-9. PMID: 26336044.
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    21. Kelechi TJ, Johnson JJ, Yates S. Chronic venous disease and venous leg ulcers: An evidence-based update. J Vasc Nurs. 2015 Jun; 33(2):36-46. PMID: 26025146.
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    22. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, King DE, Madisetti M, Prentice M. Impact of daily cooling treatment on skin inflammation in patients with chronic venous disease. J Tissue Viability. 2015 May; 24(2):71-9. PMID: 25703058.
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    23. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Spencer C, Rinard B, Loftis G. The effect of a nurse-directed intervention to reduce pain and improve behavioral and physical outcomes in patients with critically colonized/infected chronic leg ulcers. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2014 Mar-Apr; 41(2):111-21. PMID: 24413659.
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    24. Arndt JV, Kelechi TJ. An overview of instruments for wound and skin assessment and healing. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 41(1):17-23. PMID: 24378690.
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    25. Parker LA, Sullivan S, Krueger C, Kelechi T, Mueller M. Strategies to increase milk volume in mothers of VLBW infants. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 38(6):385-90. PMID: 24145494.
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    26. Conner BT, Kelechi TJ, Nemeth LS, Mueller M, Edlund BJ, Krein SL. Exploring factors associated with nurses' adoption of an evidence-based practice to reduce duration of catheterization. J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Oct-Dec; 28(4):319-26. PMID: 23389260.
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    27. Kelechi TJ, Arndt JV, Dove A. Review of pressure ulcer risk assessment scales. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2013 May-Jun; 40(3):232-6. PMID: 23652695.
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    28. Holmes RF, Davidson MW, Thompson BJ, Kelechi TJ. Skin tears: care and management of the older adult at home. Home Healthc Nurse. 2013 Feb; 31(2):90-101; quiz 102-3. PMID: 23385174.
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    29. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Zapka JG, King DE. Cryotherapy and ankle motion in chronic venous disorders. Open J Nurs. 2012 Dec 26; 2(4):379-387. PMID: 23516043.
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    30. Kehinde JO, Amella EJ, Pepper GA, Mueller M, Kelechi TJ, Edlund BJ. Structure- and process-related fall risks for older adults living with dementia in nursing homes. J Clin Nurs. 2014 Dec; 23(23-24):3600-2. PMID: 23228099.
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    31. Kelechi TJ, Dumas BP, Madisetti M, Rinard B, Loftis G. Setting up a clinical study: get ready, set, and go. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2012 Nov-Dec; 39(6):591-4. PMID: 23138491.
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    32. Kelechi TJ, Johnson JJ. Guideline for the management of wounds in patients with lower-extremity venous disease: an executive summary. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2012 Nov-Dec; 39(6):598-606. PMID: 23138493.
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    33. Parker LA, Krueger C, Sullivan S, Kelechi T, Mueller M. Effect of breast milk on hospital costs and length of stay among very low-birth-weight infants in the NICU. Adv Neonatal Care. 2012 Aug; 12(4):254-9. PMID: 22864006.
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    34. Ling C, Kelechi T, Mueller M, Brotherton S, Smith S. Gait and Function in Class III Obesity. J Obes. 2012; 2012:257468. PMID: 22496967.
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    35. Parker LA, Sullivan S, Krueger C, Kelechi T, Mueller M. Effect of early breast milk expression on milk volume and timing of lactogenesis stage II among mothers of very low birth weight infants: a pilot study. J Perinatol. 2012 Mar; 32(3):205-9. PMID: 21904296.
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    36. Cunningham JE, Kelechi T, Sterba K, Barthelemy N, Falkowski P, Chin SH. Case report of a patient with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with manual therapy (massage). Support Care Cancer. 2011 Sep; 19(9):1473-6. PMID: 21766161.
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    37. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Hankin CS, Bronstone A, Samies J, Bonham PA. A randomized, investigator-blinded, controlled pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a poly-N-acetyl glucosamine-derived membrane material in patients with venous leg ulcers. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jun; 66(6):e209-15. PMID: 21620515.
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    38. Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Zapka JG, King DE. The effect of a cryotherapy gel wrap on the microcirculation of skin affected by chronic venous disorders. J Adv Nurs. 2011 Nov; 67(11):2337-49. PMID: 21592186.
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    39. Ghatnekar AV, Elstrom T, Ghatnekar GS, Kelechi T. Novel wound healing powder formulation for the treatment of venous leg ulcers. J Am Col Certif Wound Spec. 2011 Jun; 3(2):33-41. PMID: 24527167.
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    40. Naccarato MK, Kelechi T. Pressure ulcer prevention in the emergency department. Adv Emerg Nurs J. 2011 Apr-Jun; 33(2):155-62. PMID: 21543911.
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    41. Wessinger L, Marotta R, Kelechi TJ. Hot or cold? Treating cellulitis. Nursing. 2011 Mar; 41(3):46-8. PMID: 21326055.
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    42. Kelechi TJ, Good A, Mueller M. Agreement and repeatability of an infrared thermometer. J Nurs Meas. 2011; 19(1):55-64. PMID: 21560901.
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    43. Jenkins C, Myers P, Heidari K, Kelechi TJ, Buckner-Brown J. Efforts to decrease diabetes-related amputations in African Americans by the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition. Fam Community Health. 2011 Jan-Mar; 34 Suppl 1:S63-78. PMID: 21160332.
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    44. Matutina RE, Mueller M, Kelechi TJ. Racial differences in pain reports between Black and White participants with chronic venous disorders treated with cryotherapy compared to usual care. Ethn Dis. 2011; 21(4):451-7. PMID: 22428349.
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    45. Kelechi TJ, Green A, Dumas B, Brotherton SS. Online coaching for a lower limb physical activity program for individuals at home with a history of venous ulcers. Home Healthc Nurse. 2010 Nov-Dec; 28(10):596-605. PMID: 21057229.
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    46. Anderson J, White KG, Kelechi TJ. Managing common foot problems in older adults. J Gerontol Nurs. 2010 Oct; 36(10):9-14. PMID: 20873688.
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    47. Bonham PA, Kelechi T, Mueller M, Robison J. Are toe pressures measured by a portable photophlethysmograph equivalent to standard laboratory tests? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2010 Sep-Oct; 37(5):475-86. PMID: 20736862.
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    48. Kelechi TJ, Naccarato MK. Knowledge translation: summarizing and synthesizing the evidence for WOC best practices. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2010 Mar-Apr; 37(2):132-6. PMID: 20228652.
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    49. Kelechi TJ, Watts A, Wiseman J. Recruitment strategy effectiveness for a cryotherapy intervention for a venous leg ulcer prevention study. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb; 37(1):39-45. PMID: 20075691.
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    50. Kelechi TJ, McNeil RB. A pilot study of venous photoplethysmography screening of patients with chronic venous disorders. Appl Nurs Res. 2010 Aug; 23(3):178-83. PMID: 20643329.
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    51. Kelechi TJ, Neal DE. Skin perfusion pressure in chronic venous disorders. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2008 Dec; 21(12):576-81. PMID: 19065084.
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    52. Kelechi TJ, Bonham PA. Measuring venous insufficiency objectively in the clinical setting. J Vasc Nurs. 2008 Sep; 26(3):67-73. PMID: 18707995.
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    53. Stroud SD, Kelechi TJ. Itching and sores between the toes: maceration or fungal infection? Adv Nurse Pract. 2008 Jul; 16(7):26. PMID: 19181153.
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    54. Kelechi TJ, McNeil RB. A prospective, descriptive study of hour-to-hour and day-to-day temperature variability of skin affected by chronic venous disorders. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2008 Apr; 54(4):18-34. PMID: 18480503.
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    55. Kelechi T, Bonham PA. Lower extremity venous disorders: implications for nursing practice. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2008 Mar-Apr; 23(2):132-43. PMID: 18382256.
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    56. Bonham PA, Kelechi T. Evaluation of lower extremity arterial circulation and implications for nursing practice. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2008 Mar-Apr; 23(2):144-52. PMID: 18382257.
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    57. Kelechi T. Generating evidence for best nursing practice: getting your grooves. J Vasc Nurs. 2007 Dec; 25(4):90-3. PMID: 18036496.
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    58. Sayre EK, Kelechi TJ, Neal D. Sudden increase in skin temperature predicts venous ulcers: a case study. J Vasc Nurs. 2007 Sep; 25(3):46-50. PMID: 17723909.
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    59. Kelechi TJ, Michel Y. A descriptive study of skin temperature, tissue perfusion, and tissue oxygen in patients with chronic venous disease. Biol Res Nurs. 2007 Jul; 9(1):70-80. PMID: 17601858.
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    60. Bonham PA, Cappuccio M, Hulsey T, Michel Y, Kelechi T, Jenkins C, Robison J. Are ankle and toe brachial indices (ABI-TBI) obtained by a pocket Doppler interchangeable with those obtained by standard laboratory equipment? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2007 Jan-Feb; 34(1):35-44. PMID: 17228206.
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    61. Kelechi TJ, Michel Y, Wiseman J. Are infrared and thermistor thermometers interchangeable for measuring localized skin temperature? J Nurs Meas. 2006 Spring-Summer; 14(1):19-30. PMID: 16764175.
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    62. Kelechi TJ, Edlund B. Chronic venous insufficiency. Preventing leg ulcers is primary goal. Adv Nurse Pract. 2005 Jul; 13(7):31-4. PMID: 16035549.
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    63. Kelechi TJ, Stroud S. The four 'Vs' for foot care. Vaseline, vegetable shortening, vinegar and Vicks VapoRub. Adv Nurse Pract. 2004 Jun; 12(6):67-70, 84. PMID: 15218592.
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    64. Kelechi TJ, Haight BK, Herman J, Michel Y, Brothers T, Edlund B. Skin temperature and chronic venous insufficiency. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2003 Jan; 30(1):17-24. PMID: 12529590.
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    65. Wright LK, Hickey JV, Buckwalter KC, Hendrix SA, Kelechi T. Emotional and physical health of spouse caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and stroke. J Adv Nurs. 1999 Sep; 30(3):552-63. PMID: 10499211.
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    66. Kelechi TJ, Lukacs KS. Patient with dystrophic toenails, calluses, and heel fissures. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 1997 Jul; 24(4):237-42. PMID: 9274281.
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    67. Kelechi TJ, Lukacs KS. Intrapreneurial nursing: the Comprehensive Lower Extremity Assessment Form. Clin Nurse Spec. 1996 Nov; 10(6):266-74. PMID: 9060254.
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    68. Kelechi T. Foot care in the home: nursing and agency responsibilities. Home Healthc Nurse. 1996 Sep; 14(9):721-31. PMID: 8991894.
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    69. Kelechi T, Lukacs K. Meeting the needs of home caregivers: a family caregiver checklist. J Gerontol Nurs. 1995 Feb; 21(2):50-2. PMID: 7884168.
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    70. Lukacs KS, Kelechi TJ. An intrapreneurial approach to foot care. Clin Nurse Spec. 1993 Nov; 7(6):326-9. PMID: 8261368.
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    71. Kelechi T, Lukacs K. Nursing foot care for the aged. J Gerontol Nurs. 1991 Sep; 17(9):40-3. PMID: 1880351.
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    72. Kelechi T, Olson M. In-service education for home health aides by home health aides. S C Nurse. 1989; 4(1):23-4. PMID: 2712955.
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