Pressure Ulcers

Protein wafers help nursing home residents gain weight, fight pressure ulcers and diarrhea

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Easy-to-chew protein wafers can help nursing home residents gain weight and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and diarrhea, according to findings recently published in Age and Ageing.

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

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A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA.

Oct. 29 webinar: the route to fewer pressure ulcers and falls via monitoring

Oct. 29 webinar: the route to fewer pressure ulcers and falls via monitoring

Many providers never get the chance to reduce pressure ulcers and resident falls while also meeting quality improvement goals. Attendees at McKnight's Oct. 29 webinar, however, will hear first hand how one continuing care retirement community did, and learn how they can do it too. The free event begins at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Ask the treatment expert ... about unavoidable pressure ulcers

Ask the treatment expert ... about unavoidable pressure ulcers

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Have you heard that most clinicians are in agreement that there are unavoidable pressure ulcers?

Ionic 'magic bullet' could aid wound care

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A unique class of materials called ionic liquids could be a "magic bullet" for treating wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and more, according to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Culture change increased care quality, reduced rehospitalizations: study

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Culture change pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University.

Report: QIOs are reducing ulcers

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Nursing homes that have partnered with Quality Improvement Organizations over the last three years have delivered drastically reduced pressure ulcer rates and restraint use, according to new government figures.

Nursing homes achieved 40% pressure ulcer reduction by working with Medicare quality organizations, new data shows

Nursing homes achieved 40% pressure ulcer reduction by working with Medicare quality organizations, new data shows

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Nursing homes dramatically reduced pressure ulcer rates and restraint use in the last three years by participating in Medicare Quality Improvement Organization initiatives, according to new government data circulated Thursday.

Chronic skin ulcers are among top comorbid conditions associated with dementia, researchers find

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Chronic skin ulcers and heart issues are among the comorbidities that are significantly linked with the presence of dementia, according to recently published research findings.

Staffing, quality link found shaky

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Nursing home staffing levels have not been definitively linked to better care, according to an analysis published in JAMDA.

Study: Diabetes often precedes wounds

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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 an analysis of existing research.

CMS releases new Minimum Data Set training videos; session on coding to kick off McKnight's Online Expo tomorrow

CMS releases new Minimum Data Set training videos; session on coding to kick off McKnight's Online Expo tomorrow

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Post-acute providers now can refer to four new Minimum Data Set training videos from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which answer frequently asked questions and clarify tricky items related to a variety of codes.

CMS budget defines nursing home quality targets, requests an additional $50 million for surveys

CMS budget defines nursing home quality targets, requests an additional $50 million for surveys

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 requests additional funds for survey activities and lists the agency's targets for nursing home quality measures.

Multidisciplinary teams cut costs but do not improve pressure ulcer healing in nursing homes, study finds

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Nursing homes could save money by utilizing multi-disciplinary teams for pressure ulcer treatment, although these teams may not improve clinical outcomes, according to recently published research.

No proven connection between long-term care staffing levels and quality of care, researchers say

No proven connection between long-term care staffing levels and quality of care, researchers say

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Despite some high-profile reports, nursing home staffing levels have not been definitively linked to better care, according to a recently published analysis of research on the topic.

Ask the treatment expert ... about pressure maps

Ask the treatment expert ... about pressure maps

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Can you explain the purpose of a pressure map and the usefulness when evaluating the function of a therapeutic support surface?

Former nursing director faces up to 5 years in prison for role in pressure ulcers case

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The former director of nursing at a Virginia long-term care facility has pleaded guilty to one felony count in a case involving residents with severely infected pressure ulcers, according to local reports.

Hospital participates in pressure ulcer prevention program

Leaf Patient Monitor is being piloted in 443-bed El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA, with the hope of wirelessly monitoring the position, movement and activity of patients susceptible to pressure ulcers.

Investigators find new ways to reduce turning schedule

Investigators find new ways to reduce turning schedule

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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, research has found.

Pressure ulcer treatments should be re-evaluated, expert says

Pressure ulcer treatments should be re-evaluated, expert says

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Nursing home staff should adopt evidence-based approaches to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, and significantly more research is needed, a top expert said Saturday.

Systematic improvement is a key to larger culture change in long-term care, Advancing Excellence leader says

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The Advancing Excellence campaign is well known for helping long-term care providers improve on measureable quality goals, but the program goes beyond this to create less quantifiable changes, according to Executive Director Douglas Pace, LNHA.

Wounds unwelcome

Wounds unwelcome

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As hospitals look for post-acute provider partners, skilled nursing operators must gauge their effectiveness at post-operative care and wound prevention

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.

Pressure ulcers 'not entirely preventable'

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Seniors' lack of protective skin proteins makes pressure ulcer prevention difficult, according to new research.

LTC campaign revamps goals

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The Advancing Excellence campaign is calling on skilled nursing providers to use a set of updated goals to create a framework for achieving better care.

Ask the treatment expert ... about treating pressure ulcer pain

Ask the treatment expert ... about treating pressure ulcer pain

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I am treating a patient with two Stage IV pressure ulcers and he is complaining of extreme pain. What do you recommend?

Protein change explains why pressure ulcers are 'not entirely preventable' among seniors, researchers say

Protein change explains why pressure ulcers are 'not entirely preventable' among seniors, researchers say

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Elderly people's lack of protective skin proteins makes pressure ulcer prevention difficult, according to newly published research. Seniors' skin begins to break down after just two hours of static pressure, the researchers found.

Execute documentation as it's claimed: survey expert

Execute documentation as it's claimed: survey expert

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An industry expert served up straightforward advice during a recent McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar: Accurately claim what you do, and do what you claim.

Ask the legal expert ... about pressure-ulcer product promises

Ask the legal expert ... about pressure-ulcer product promises

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What happens if we contract with an alternate pressure-surface vendor that claims we'll lower our pressure-ulcer rates by using its product, but our incidents actually increase? Can we sue?

Avoiding traps at survey time the topic of Super Tuesday webcast

Four universal challenges at survey time will be the focal points of the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The one-hour live webcast will offer practical strategies providers can use concerning falls, incontinence, pressure ulcers and unintended weight loss. The lead presenter will be Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, and no-cost CE credit will be available.

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