There are a lot of questions still swirling around why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, but it's unquestionable they remain a costly problem for long-term care providers.
It might still be snowing in some parts of the country, but there's no better sign of spring than the beginning of the McKnight's Online Expo.
Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.
Nursing homes where staff had more control over scheduling registered lower rates of pressure ulcers among residents, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.
I am a new charge nurse. My DON wants me to calculate the prevalence of pressure ulcers. Is there an easy way to do this?
Some pressure ulcers are unavoidable, according to updated guidance from wound care experts.
A Massachusetts jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a nursing home resident who died due to a pressure ulcer, dehydration and other conditions linked to negligent care, according to local news reports.
What do you do when staff disagree about the stage of an ulcer?
Providers trying to improve pressure ulcer rates should examine equipment and documentation processes, an expert said at the LeadingAge Illinois conference in May.
Former resident with pressure ulcer sues retirement community for falsely advertising skilled nursing servicesMay 12, 2014
A retirement community in Pennsylvania does not provide the skilled nursing services it claims to offer in promotional materials, according to charges filed by a former resident who developed a serious pressure ulcer.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ has launched its first app, called the Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice app. It is designed to provide up-to-date recommendations for patients with pressure ulcers, fecal ostomies, lower extremity arterial disease, lower extremity neuropathic disease, and lower extremity venous disease.
What is your advice about measuring wounds?
Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to a new analysis of existing research.
Prompt treatment and novel therapies hasten wound healing, but steady (even if slow) is still the overall goal when it comes to keeping wounds free from infection
Nursing homes should adopt evidence-based approaches to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, but significantly more research is needed to support this goal, a professor of geriatric medicine said in November.
New research indicates Wellsense's MAP system improves patient outcomes for those at risk for pressure ulcers, according to results published in WOUNDS.
Are wound cultures the best method to determine if a wound is infected?
Nursing staff can turn residents less often if high-density foam mattresses and attentive documentation are being used for pressure ulcer prevention, according to a recent study.
Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers are 10 times more common than Medicare data shows, research suggestsOctober 16, 2013
The Medicare program often paints a far rosier picture of hospitals' pressure ulcer rates than is indicated by data collected bedside by nurses, according to a newly published study.
CMS finalizes Medicare rate updates, quality measure changes for hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilitiesAugust 07, 2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finalized 2014 Medicare rate updates for hospices and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and also laid out quality metrics. Hospices will receive a Medicare payment rate increase of 1.7%, which represents about $160 million in additional payments for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, according to the rule published in today's Federal Register.
How much do we have to document risk and implemented interventions to prevent pressure ulcer development?
Even at the nation's best nursing facilities, residents are susceptible to four universal challenges: falls, incontinence, pressure ulcers and unintended weight loss. This McKnight's one-hour live webcast on July 16 will examine why this fearsome foursome is especially challenging, and offer practical strategies providers can use. The lead presenter will be Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, and no-cost CE credit will be available.
How do you deal with the age-old question "Is it a pressure ulcer or not?" Many healthcare professionals are frequently faced with the dilemma of how to document a reddened area on the buttocks, peri-rectal area or perineal area. Is this a pressure ulcer or is the underlying etiology totally different?
A new pressure-sensing system from Wellsense shows pressure points on a patient's body on a monitor.
The unapproved bed sore drug Xenaderm, which was marketed to nursing homes as "Medicaid reimbursed," is the source of a settlement that could reach $48 million for Healthpoint Ltd. and DFB Pharmaceuticals.
Skil-Care Corporation recently unveiled a Super Soft Heel Protector. The product combines heel off-loading with the comfort and control of foot drop. Skil-Care Corporation manufactures restraint-free safety, seating and positioning products for long-term care settings.
OK, so we all know that the pressure ulcers always form in the ambulance on the way back to your facility from the hospital. It's ALL YOUR FAULT. Bad, LTC, bad!
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