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Take the pressure out of pressure ulcers

October 12, 2011
by Kristen Thurman, PT, CWS and Susan R. Wickard, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS, CLNC
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Since Medicare reduced overall SNF payments by 11.1 percent on October 1, facilities need to decrease costs without compromising residents' quality of care. As payments continue to be reduced and facility operating budgets shrink, taking the pressure out of pressure ulcers could be a pathway to decreasing the enormous cost of pressure ulcers and assist in preserving quality of care to residents.

Kristen Thurman, PT, CWS, is the Director of Clinical Services for Wellsense, USA. She can be reached at

Kristen.thurman@wellsense-tech.com.


Susan R. Wickard, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS, CLNC, is the Clinical Consultant and Collaborating Organization Council Representative to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel for the AALTCN. She can be reached at

swickard@ltcnursing.org.

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Long-Term Living 2011 October;60(10):22-23

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