Pressure Injuries Expanded by CMS as Indicators of Hospital Harm

CMS has implemented a new quality measure for hospitals that expands the array of pressure injuries considered as adversely impacting quality care.  The new measure, developed in a program to provide electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), widens the scope of...

Terminal Ulcer Terminology Reconsidered

My new article in Wound Management & Prevention is a critical re-examination of terminal ulcer terminology.  In it I make the case for recognizing terminal ulcers as part of the spectrum of skin failure (and not necessarily heralding death) and used only in...

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...