Wound care

Penalties for readmissions could hit low-income regions below the belt

CMS penalties for readmissions will have disproportionate effects on healthcare facilities in lower-income communities. Read More »

Nurse burnout increases infection rates

Staff overload could cost your facility plenty, as one research center draws a direct relationship between burnout and healthcare-associated infections. Read More »

HHS: Long-term care is the next step in national plan to combat infections

The Department of Health & Human Services has released the LTC chapter in the national plan to reduce infections: C. difficile and urinary tract infections are the first of many high-priority targets. Read More »

Visiting nurses look to robotic telemedicine for virtual visits

How to increase efficiency of visits without adding hours and miles? Check up on the patients without even starting the car. One visiting nurse organization takes the plunge into robotic telemedicine. Read More »

Pressure Ulcers: Changing habits can combat clinical and legal problems

Pressure ulcers are painful and dangerous for residents and costly for facilities. Next year, PUs are going to cost facilities even more. Learn how to improve wound care intervention to protect your patients and manage risk. Read More »

Faster wound healing spurred by innovative treatments

New approaches to wound care using biological dressing, negative pressure wound therapy and other devices are driving the growth of the wound care market, according to market research. Read More »

Hospital readmissions won’t improve without better transitions of care

Solving the problem of hospital readmissions will take much more than follow-up calls at home. Each link in the care chain has quality improvements to make, say health IT experts at the 2012 LTPAC Health IT Summit. Read More »

Colorado jury awards $3.2 million in nursing home death

$3.2 million awarded to family of nursing home resident who died from complications from neglected bedsore. Read More »

Leaders of Tomorrow: R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Med) (Derm), MEd

Congratulations to the fourth of five Leaders of Tomorrow award winners profiled this week: R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Med) (Derm), MEd, professor of public health and medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario. Read More »

Prevent pressure ulcers: Is it possible?

Age alone is not the only contributing factor to pressure ulcer development. It is also about the inconveniences of old age such as impaired mobility, poor nutrition, changes in mental status or chronic diseases. High blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes affect blood flow to organs including the skin, increasing the risk of pressure ulcers. Read More »

Simplify wound care through HIT

Wound care nurses from three facilities share how the use of an electronic point-of-care documentation system is transforming their jobs and enabling them to achieve better outcomes. Read More »

Take the pressure out of pressure ulcers

Kristen Thurman, PT, CWS Susan R. Wickard, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS, CLNC Pressure ulcers continue to cause pain and suffering to patients and Read More »

New approaches to wound care

James G. Spahn, MD, FACS Pressure ulcers are a significant problem across all healthcare settings in the United States. Annually, 2.5 million Read More »

How MDS 3.0 can influence pressure ulcer management

The long-term care industry is too often saddled with the reputation of giving nursing home residents pressure ulcers. Media reporting frequently Read More »

Honey: An old or new remedy?

Although used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, researchers are only beginning to understand the healing properties of honey. More recently, Read More »

Report finds pressure ulcer frequency declining, avoidable hospitalizations rising

Click for larger version The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its annual healthcare quality and Read More »

Pressure ulcers

Five fatal flaws in prevention, management   Pressure ulcers have numerous negative outcomes. They can cause physical pain and even result in Read More »

Caring for wounds

At a glance… The author provides strategies and resources to help wound care professionals with documentation and assessment.   Properly Read More »

Update on evidence-based guideline for pressure ulcers

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) has been a leader in the development of clinical practice guidelines for the care of Read More »

Pressure ulcer litigation: Its impact on long-term care

Since OBRA 1987, there has been a steady climb in the rate of pressure ulcer litigation in the United States. Fueling the fires are policies from Read More »

Person-centered care: A win-win for wound management

At a glance… The “secret” to effective wound prevention and treatment is resident-focused education and care planning. All parties Read More »

Pressure ulcer evaluation: Best practice for clinicians

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society recognizes and supports the fact that a pressure ulcer evaluation represents one aspect of a Read More »

Nutrition therapy and pressure ulcer prevention

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) have collaborated to develop international Read More »

Wound Care: 10-year progress report

The practice of wound care has undergone tremendous changes in the past few years-from new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines Read More »

A team approach to effective wound care

Most nursing facilities will tell families they do wound care, but not all wound care programs are as effective and successful as others. There are Read More »

Nursing home wound care: The case for hyperbaric medicine

Bed sores, lesions, pressure sores, and chronic wounds are a constant source of worry, not to mention infection, and are enormously problematic for Read More »

Evidence-based skin tear protocol

A common experience: Aresident's daughter comes to the front office wanting to see the administrator. She reports her mother has very fragile skin, Read More »

Is pressure ulcer prevention alive and well?

Prevention of pressure ulcers is a constant process for long-term care facilities, but vitally important to preserve residents' health and avoid Read More »

Cutting-edge wound technology

Once upon a time being a long-term caregiver merely meant you had the time to write a letter, read a book, or just share experiences with a Read More »

The role of nutrition in treating and healing wounds

Frustrated by a dearth of scientific research on the effects of nutrition in wound care, S. Kwon Lee, MD, FACS, initiated a study to determine what Read More »