Ask any patient who has ever had one: A bedsore hurts a lot. And if it doesn’t heal, that sore can last for years, eating away at the flesh and leading to infections, sepsis or even death.
ICT spoke to Margaret Falconio-West, senior vice president of clinical services for Medline Industries, Inc., about imperatives related to patient skin integrity.
Hospitals that employ nurses who have specialty certification in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), reports a study in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurs
Pressure ulcers resulting from factors such as immobility by elderly patients and residents in hospitals and care homes can have serious medical consequences, requiring plastic surgery in extreme cases.
Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers are a costly, adverse event. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel estimates that U.S. healthcare systems spend $11 billion treating each year treating pressure ulcers; the cost to treat each pressure ulcer and related complications can range from $500 to $70,000. Outside of the financial cost, pressure ulcers can have a devastating effect on patients—from the risk of developing cellulitis or infection of joints and blood, to increased length of stay and higher risk of death from associated complications.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces the recipients of its annual research grants, with total available funding of $160,000.
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) today published two evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in Annals of Internal Medicine for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
Stage III and IV pressure ulcers, which cause significant patient morbidity and generate substantial treatment costs, are among the hospital-acquired conditions considered to be preventable by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service