New Research Sheds Light on Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society sheds light on hospital acquired pressure ulcers with data on epidemiology, mortality, and patient characteristics.  Its results are certain to fuel the debate on avoidability of pressure ulcers....

New Research Fuels Discussion on Feeding Tubes and Pressure Ulcers

The medical literature concerning patients with advanced dementia has consistently shown that feeding tubes provide little benefit. Complications of feeding tubes can include aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, agitation, need for physical and chemical restraint, and...

The Evolving Standard of Care for Pressure Ulcers

When Florence Nightingale published her seminal treatise in 1860 entitled Notes on Nursing, she wrote: “if [the patient] has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.” As an unintended consequence, pressure sores virtually dropped...

Pressure Ulcer Nomenclature and Documentation

Flawed and inconsistent wound documentation has serious risk-management implications.  This blog post will examine some fine points regarding pressure ulcer nomenclature and documentation. Many definitions and classification schemes for pressure ulcers were developed...

New Rules for Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment in Nursing Homes

MDS version 3.0, the mandatory assessment tool for residents of skilled nursing facilities, was finally implemented October 2010 after years of planning.  Section M: Skin Condition has been completely revised and expanded.  This blog post will address MDS 3.0...