Myiasis is the medical term for infestation with the larvae of a fly, also known as maggots. The image of maggots in modern society is the exact opposite of health and cleanliness. Indeed, unintended myiasis in a healthcare facility is a frequent precursor of a negligence
The plays of William Shakespeare written in the sixteenth century reflected the culture and opinions of his time. In Shakespeare’s day, life expectancy was in the 30’s, and Shakespeare himself lived to the old age of 52. In contrast to today’s population, very few people lived
A new wound guide written specifically for clinicians has just been released. The complete title is “Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers: How to Classify, Stage, and Document Pressure Ulcers and Other Common Wounds.” Written by me and Elizabeth Ayello RN, PhD, and published by the New Jersey Hospital
This pocket guide to pressure ulcers sold over 30,000 copies in its first year of publication. This book is designed for clinicians who need quick access to information to help with wound identification and staging. Richly illustrated with line drawings and photographs, and laminated for durability,
My medical specialty is taking care of elderly people, but lately I’ve become attuned to problems taking care of an elderly dog. Parsley, my 18 pound Norfolk Terrier, is now fourteen human years, or 98 dog years old. He’s had his share of medical problems includ-
When ulcers of the lower extremity develop, it is important to find out why. Many ulcers develop over boney prominences which are subjected to pressure, and are therefore labeled as pressure ulcers. However, one common etiology of lower extremity wounds is frequently not considered, particularly in
Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.