CMS recognizes the Kennedy Terminal Ulcer in Long-Term Care Hospitals

The Kennedy Terminal Ulcer (KTU) has been around for over two decades, and continues to play a large part in discussions as to whether pressure ulcers are avoidable or unavoidable. Until now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not acknowledged the...

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...

5 Ways to Improve Communication Regarding Wound Care

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of wound care, communication is critical to maintain the process of healing.  This applies to all types of chronic wounds including pressure ulcers and ulcers related to arterial and venous disease.  There are several avenues of...

Government Study Cites Flawed Medical Device Approval Process

FACT: Many wound-care products are considered “medical devices” with limited data on efficacy. A new study released by the Institute of Medicine points out that the FDA’s approval process for medical devices is flawed.  Medical devices include high profile...

CMS Tightens Up Pressure Ulcer Classification in Long-term Care

Revised Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions greatly expands the process of skin assessment in nursing homes.  The accompanying Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Instruction Manual has instructions on how to identify and code pressure ulcers and...