Jeffrey M. Levine MD
Geriatrics • Internal Medicine • Wound Care
Dr. Levine is a nationally recognized expert in wound care and pressure injuries. He is a faculty member of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has an active wound care practice in a long-term care facility. He is an alumnus of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and author of numerous publications including the chapter on Pressure Injuries and Wound Care in the Geriatric Review Syllabus published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).
It was my great pleasure to present research at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) that took place in Orlando, Florida. Our project was entitled Pressure Injuries and Wound Care: A Lost Geriatric Syndrome. Read more on my blog post here.
The impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the occurrence of pressure injuries is substantial. Patients with severe respiratory disease and extended ICU admissions while on life support such as ventilation, feeding tubes, and prone positioning become at increased risk for skin breakdown. Read more on my blog post here.
My article on medical device related pressure injury (MDRPRI) of the ear appears in the June issue of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. In it you will read about CMS requirements for masking in long-term care, as well as prevention, documentation, and treatment of pressure injury to the ear. Access the article here.
In the course of my research on the fascinating history of wound care, I found a case report from 1945 in the British Medical Journal of a novel pressure injury treatment employed by German doctors in World War II. Research on the the article took two years, and included finding and interviewing the descendants of the author. Access the article here.
I had the privelige of authoring the 9th, 10th, and 11th Editions of the Pressure Injuries and Wound Care section of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine. This is a comprehensive reference and the primary source for physicians preparing to take board examinations. Read more about the GRS here.
Events dramatized in this film are unfortunately sometimes encountered in day-to-day medical practice, but go unreported and unnoticed by primary care providers. In the film, the abuser was the victim’s sister, but abusers can have many roles including spouse, adult child, or unrelated caregiver.
Despite the well-documented association of chronic wounds with aging, we conclude that the field of geriatrics has provided suboptimal attention to this important topic.
Thankfully the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but the public health crisis brought new challenges to the wound care world. There has been profound impact upon the epidemiology of skin lesions such as pressure injuries, and this post will discuss major...