Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

This is a press release from NPUAP dated September 18, 2015: Washington, DC – According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; “Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually,


Government Data Sheds Doubt Upon Pressure Ulcers as a Quality Indicator

Nearly all organizations concerned with healthcare quality have recognized pressure ulcers as a quality indicator. This assumption has impacted reimbursement policy and facility ratings, and resulted a risk-management burden for caregivers across the healthcare continuum. Despite the fact that pressure ulcers can sometimes reflect upon quality of care, it


Jean Martin Charcot’s Lecture on Pressure Ulcers: An Important Historical Document

    Click here for a downloadable PDF of Charcot’s Lecture on Pressure Ulcers.  . Some years back while browsing in an antiquarian book sale I came across a translated collection of lectures by the great 19th century neurophysiologist, Jean Martin Charcot (1825-1893). Inside this book I


NPUAP Introduces New Clinical Practice Guideline for Pressure Ulcers

We’ve come a long way since the first version of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pressure Ulcers was put together by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and released by the Agency for Health Policy and Research (AHCPR) in 1992. This resource became widely known


Jeffrey Levine becomes NPUAP Board Member

I am thrilled to announce that I have been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, also known as NPUAP.  My three year term begins this month.  Joining me as a new Board Member is Sarah Holden-Mount PT, CWS, FACCWS


New Government Report on Dying in America has Implications for Wound Care

A recently released report on Dying in America has important implications for the standard of care for persons with chronic wounds who are approaching life’s end. It was published by the prestigious Institute of Medicine and written by a panel of recognized experts on the topic


Pressure Ulcer Care in Hospitals: What We Can Learn from the Texas Ebola Debacle

A simple lapse in communication in a Texas hospital resulted in a patient with a deadly contagious disease being discharged home. The information regarding the patient’s travel history was recorded into the electronic medical record (EMR) by a nurse but not transmitted to the doctor who


Pressure Ulcer as “Never Event”: Fact or Myth?

The term “never event” is commonly applied to pressure ulcers, giving the impression that they are always associated with medical error. As such, it lends this outcome an emotional charge that can lead to misplaced patient dissatisfaction and unnecessary accusations of wrongdoing or poor quality. Although


Webinar on Wound Care for Medical Directors in LTC

Later this month I will be giving a free webinar sponsored by McKnights Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living entitled Wound Care: What the Medical Director Needs to Know. This Webinar will be part of McKnights 8th Online Expo, that will feature other webinar topics including MDS


Webinar on Palliative Care for Chronic Wounds

When healing is not the goal, a palliative care approach can reduce suffering, avert painful procedures, and reduce re-hospitalizations.  I will be giving a live webinar on Thursday, February 13th from 12 to 1 PM on Palliative Care for Chronic Wounds, sponsored by the New York State Department


Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.