According to the results of a project sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), nursing homes can achieve "remarkable" results when they undertake diligent and sustained efforts to prevent serious pressure ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers). CMS' nationwide pressure ulcer project prevented more than two-thirds of serious pressure ulcers in 35 participating nursing homes.
“Reducing pressure ulcers—the clinical term for bed sores—is a priority for CMS and quality improvement organizations (QIOs) nationwide,” said the acting administrator of CMS. “It is also one of the most important goals of the voluntary Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign, of which CMS is a founding member. Read more about the Medicare Quality Improvement Community's (MedQIC) pressure ulcer programs.
This study is proof that serious efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers pay huge dividends. More than two-thirds of serious pressure ulcers were prevented when preventative measures were consistently implemented. I've heard it said that greatness is often the result of being able to execute the fundamentals over and over and over. Repetition. Consistency. Nursing homes can provide great pressure ulcer care and obtain wonderful results for their patients if they consistently turn and reposition their patients, keep them clean, and ensure they receive proper nutrition. Given that preventing pressure ulcers is so basic, so easy, and so important, it's not too much to ask.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Tue, February 12, 2008
by Robert Carter