New Pressure Ulcer Device Helps Detect and Minimize

Bed sores and ulcers are a potential problem in all nursing homes. A professor of nursing and medicine modeled a device called the Sub-Epidural Moisture (SEM) Scanner to try and prevent bedsores in an easy and more efficient way for nursing home facilities. This new product is a scanner that predicts bedsores and ulcers before they appear or do real damage. Usually bedsores are detected when nursing staff see redness appear on the skin. The way the scanner works is that it measures changing in skin moisture. It is said to work on many different skin types in order to eliminate as many bed sores as possible.

Right now there are six scanners that have been being used at three different facilities. So far these scanners have been of use and help to the facilities using them. All of the facilities using them say they have not had sores at a level to send any patients to the hospital. These scanners have the potential to help nursing homes everywhere because not only are they efficient, but they are able to be used by most all of the staff including nursing assistants. For more, read the story


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.


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