Pressure Ulcer

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... pressure ulcer policies

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... pressure ulcer policies

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What are the significant changes from F314 Pressure Sores to F686 Skin Integrity, "Pressure Ulcers," which takes effect in November?

Wound care riddles remain, despite $11 billion price tag

Wound care riddles remain, despite $11 billion price tag

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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.

Online Expo begins Wednesday

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.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

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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.

Flexible work, pressure ulcer rates linked

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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.

Ask the care expert ... about pressure ulcer prevalence

Ask the care expert ... about pressure ulcer prevalence

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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 can't be avoided, guidance says

Some pressure ulcers can't be avoided, guidance says

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Some pressure ulcers are unavoidable, according to updated guidance from wound care experts.

Jury hands down $14 million negligent care verdict to 'send message' to nursing homes

Jury hands down $14 million negligent care verdict to 'send message' to nursing homes

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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.

Ask the treatment expert ... about staging an ulcer

Ask the treatment expert ... about staging an ulcer

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What do you do when staff disagree about the stage of an ulcer?

Firm grasp of devices, documents urged

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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 services

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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.

WOCN introduces first mobile app

WOCN introduces first mobile app

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.

Ask the treatment expert ... about measuring wounds

Ask the treatment expert ... about measuring wounds

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What is your advice about measuring wounds?

Diabetes is the No. 1 co-morbid condition linked to nursing home pressure ulcers, analysis finds

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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.

Infection detection

Infection detection

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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

Thomas: Additional pressure ulcer research trials a must

Thomas: Additional pressure ulcer research trials a must

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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.

Wellsense monitoring system decreased pressure ulcers in study

New research indicates Wellsense's MAP system improves patient outcomes for those at risk for pressure ulcers, according to results published in WOUNDS.

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound cultures

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound cultures

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Are wound cultures the best method to determine if a wound is infected?

Less frequent turning is needed with the right equipment and practices, pressure ulcer study finds

Less frequent turning is needed with the right equipment and practices, pressure ulcer study finds

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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 suggests

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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 facilities

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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.

Ask the treatment expert ... about pressure ulcer documentation

Ask the treatment expert ... about pressure ulcer documentation

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How much do we have to document risk and implemented interventions to prevent pressure ulcer development?

Avoiding traps at survey time is the topic of our July 16 Super Tuesday webcast

Avoiding traps at survey time is the topic of our July 16 Super Tuesday webcast

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.

Ask the treatment expert ... about identifying pressure ulcers

Ask the treatment expert ... about identifying pressure ulcers

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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?

Patient repositioning product lowers pressure

Patient repositioning product lowers pressure

A new pressure-sensing system from Wellsense shows pressure points on a patient's body on a monitor.

Unapproved marketing of pressure ulcer drug brings settlement worth up to $48 million

Unapproved marketing of pressure ulcer drug brings settlement worth up to $48 million

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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.

Super Soft Heel Protector released

Super Soft Heel Protector released

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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.

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

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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!

What to consider when purchasing pressure ulcer products

What to consider when purchasing pressure ulcer products

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To prevent and treat pressure ulcers, select products that will produce positive clinical outcomes and provide cost-effective solutions for the long-term care facility.