Pressure Ulcers

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.

Overlooked genes play a role  in wound care healing: study

Overlooked genes play a role in wound care healing: study

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Eight genes that have been overlooked in the past appear to play a role in the healing of pressure ulcers and other wounds, according to biologists from the University of California at San Diego.

Post-acute providers continue to improve on most quality measures, report finds

Post-acute providers continue to improve on most quality measures, report finds

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Post-acute providers have improved across a broad range of quality measures, according to a comprehensive report released by the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care. Providers improved outcomes in 13 of 15 measures — such as pain, pressure ulcers and pneumonia vaccination — between 2011 and the second quarter of 2012.

Ask the care expert ... about tracking pressure ulcer prevalence

Ask the care expert ... about tracking pressure ulcer prevalence

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Our facility tracks facility-acquired pressure ulcers, but I would also like to report pressure ulcer prevalence among the residents. I am not clear about the terms, definitions or correct process to calculate prevalence of pressure ulcers.

Ask the treatment expert ... about 'micro movements' in bed

Ask the treatment expert ... about 'micro movements' in bed

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I recently read an article addressing the movement of patients while in bed. It was conducted in the United Kingdom and contains valuable information.

Ask the treatment expert ... about friction and pressure ulcers

Ask the treatment expert ... about friction and pressure ulcers

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What role does friction play in pressure ulcers?

Tech-savvy nursing homes improve care coordination and resident privacy, researcher states

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Health information technology helps nursing homes coordinate care and protect resident privacy, according to a leading researcher on the impact of health IT.

Public-private group issues recommendations to HHS on long-term care performance measures

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Federal performance measures for nursing homes should reflect the quality of care provided in these facilities and should not be driven only by the goal of aligning performance measures among different care settings, according to a recent report from the National Quality Forum.

NQF's measures target pressure ulcers

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.

Joerns unveils its Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation System

Joerns unveils its Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation System

Joerns Healthcare recently launched its Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation system.The new approach to wound care works by simulating the effect of floating in water.

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