Graduating with a nursing degree in hand, I was ready to bring my new knowledge and skills to the bedside. Thirty years later, I am amazed at how much I still have to learn and apply to my practice. In our right to keep seniors free of pressure ulcers, for example, we have missed an important tool for helping the skin be stronger and more resilient
I can remember a conversation that I overheard between my mother and aunt when my grandmother was in her last few years of life. In essence, they were talking about open areas that my grandmother had on her backside. I knew that what was happening to my grandmother was not a good thing for her. It certainly wasn't something I wanted for my mother.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel is leading efforts to observe a "worldwide" pressure ulcer prevention day on Thursday. The objective is to increase awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and also educate caregivers and the public on the topic.
Does placing multiple pads and linens under residents who are incontinent protect their skin?
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.
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.
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).
Have you heard that most clinicians are in agreement that there are unavoidable pressure ulcers?
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 pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University.
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 showsJune 13, 2014
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 and heart issues are among the comorbidities that are significantly linked with the presence of dementia, according to recently published research findings.
Nursing home staffing levels have not been definitively linked to better care, according to an analysis published in JAMDA.
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 tomorrowMarch 25, 2014
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.
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 findsFebruary 25, 2014
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.
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.
Can you explain the purpose of a pressure map and the usefulness when evaluating the function of a therapeutic support surface?
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.
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.
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.
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 saysNovember 05, 2013
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.
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 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.
Seniors' lack of protective skin proteins makes pressure ulcer prevention difficult, according to new research.
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.
I am treating a patient with two Stage IV pressure ulcers and he is complaining of extreme pain. What do you recommend?