Wound care

View From the Trenches: Interview with Michael Wasserman, MD, CMD

Dr. Wasserman is an ardent proponent of improving the quality of life for our nation’s seniors. Read More »

Editors’ pick: Top 10 infection control stories for 2017

This year's mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on recurring infection rates, new definitions for urinary tract infections in the 2017 RAI User’s Manual and the latest surveillance data on multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) made infection control one of 2017's biggest topics. Read More »

High-tech healing

The latest in wound assessment technology has nurses tossing their rulers. Read More »

Combating pressure injuries with innovative technology

One facility shares how it is working to reduce pressure injuries for residents.  Read More »

Wound care treatments lack healing touch

Doctors and patients are turning to new therapies to treat stubborn chronic wounds, but research is lacking on whether they are helping.  Read More »

Reducing HAIs and improving LTC resident health

Long-term care facilities and hospitals are becoming more aware of the need for diligent infection control in resident populations--including better training. Read More »

Advancing wound care technology

Wounds that measure themselves? New technology makes it almost that simple. Check out the hot wound care advancements from this year’s American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living conference. Read More »

SigmaCare, Health Outcomes Worldwide partner for wound care

SigmaCare will integrate Health Outcomes Worldwide’s how2trak Wound Care platform into its electronic health record to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and manage risk of pressure ulcers. Read More »

PointClickCare launches new wound care app

PointClickCare announced its latest skin and wound smartphone app to track wound status and healing. Read More »

WoundRounds launches mobile charting app

Documenting wound care just got easier, as a leading application gets mobile. Read More »

2016 Leaders of Tomorrow: Rachel Pankratz, PT, WCC

In our second installment of the Leaders of Tomorrow award winners, Rachel Pankratz, PT, WCC, director of therapy at Larksfield Place, Wichita, Kans., shows what can be done when physical therapy and clinical teams combine efforts in the mission of proactive resident care. Read More »

Stanford Hospital to conduct study on pressure ulcer prevention

Stanford Hospital will study patient turning and will help coordinate and optimize efforts to prevent pressure ulcers. Read More »

Study shows potential of electronic wound healing technology

A new study shows that electronic stimulation accelerates wound healing. Read More »

Antibiotic arsenal needs new drugs, more education

Antibiotic resistance is still outpacing researchers’ ability to develop new types of antibiotics, and too many physicians still overprescribe, according to a policy brief released this week by the Health Affairs journal. Read More »

Report finds NY nursing home inspectors underreport bedsores

Nearly one in 10 New York nursing home residents have bedsores. An advocacy group has found investigators lax in issuing citations. Read More »

Infection control and the culture of safety

Infection prevention is about much more than hand-washing, and many skilled nursing facilities are re-examining their infection control processes under the culture of safety. Read More »

Managing wounds via EHR has numerous benefits for one SNF

Implementing an electronic health record system and integrating an automated wound management solution into it has resulted in numerous benefits for one nursing and rehabilitation center. Read More »

Wound therapy report comments due July 16

The draft of a new report for the federal government details the state of evidence related to the efficacy and safety of negative pressure wound therapy. Read More »

Wound care trends highlighted in report

A new report notes trends driving growth in new products for wound care. Read More »

FDA approves MRSA drug tedizolid

The Food and Drug Administration has approved tedizolid phosphate for the treatment of adult acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by susceptible Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Read More »

5 signs of bedbugs

Bedbugs have five telltale signs. Look for them to spot an infestation in the spaces within your community. Read More »

Cleveland Clinic’s Cosgrove on short list to lead VA

With the resignation of Eric Shinseki last week, the job as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had an immediate opening. Read More »

Casey Kasem taken to medical facility

Former radio personality Casey Karem has a form of dementia as well as bed sores and lung and bladder infections, one of his children told a court on Friday. Read More »

SNF sees $3.3M verdict in negligence case

A jury has returned a $3.3 million verdict against a Colorado skilled nursing facility after the sister of a resident claimed negligence in a civil suit. Read More »

Catheter-associated UTI prevention guide released

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has issued a free guide to help healthcare organizations prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Read More »

Week celebrates WOC nurses

April 13 to 19 is Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Week. Observe it with these resources. Read More »

1/3 of community hospital patients receive ‘inappropriate’ treatment for infections

Infection rates are up in community hospitals and SNFs. But who’s infecting whom? Read More »

Reducing ostomy infection risk

Proper care of an ostomy site can avoid unnecessary infections and maintain a resident’s dignity and comfort. These tips and resources can help caregivers manage the challenges associated with pouching systems and help them foster positive attitudes in residents who have them. Read More »

5 strategies to position your facility as a care leader

Relationships with external decision-makers, such as physicians and hospital CEOs and directors, are key to your being able to serve their post-acute and long-term care needs and are vital to maintaining a consistently strong skilled resident census at your facility. Here are five keys to strengthening those ties. Read More »

Staff turnover impacts quality: studies

Consistent care from a stable nursing home staff improves the odds against adverse events, according to two recent studies. Read More »