State Provides Nursing Homes with Pressure Ulcer Pocket Guides

One state's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), has equipped the many state nursing homes with copies of the Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, a new reference resource. Co-authored by Elizabeth Ayello, PhD, RN, and Jeffrey Levine, MD, the Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers is part of a variety of support services and resources delivered to help hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers, especially in frail and elderly patients.

It is part of  state efforts to improve resident safety, quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes. The Pocket Guide is a durable, spiral-bound reference resource with descriptions, color photographs, illustrations and charts to help bedside staff accurately identify and document pressure ulcers. It also provides information on documentation requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services such as the "present on admission" indicator in acute care, in long term care and in home health. 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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