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Archive for July, 2010

The Elders of Taquile Island in Peru

Taquile Island, a 452 acre rocky gem in the western part of Lake Titicaca in Peru, is home to a remarkably fit and sturdy group of elders.  I discovered them on an international road trip to find and photograph faces of aging and learn how different cultures approach growing old.  At 12,500 feet above sea level, Taquile Island is largely isolated from the rest of …Read More

Update on Blister Pressure Ulcer Staging from CMS for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions

Another guest blog post by Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN Good news! Since the educational training programs held last March and April, CMS has reconsidered its original guidance regarding how to code blister pressure ulcers on the revised Minimum Data Set (MDS) version 3.0. Previously, CMS directed that any pressure ulcer that presents as a blister regardless of what type of …Read More

A Taste of Ancient Peruvian Medicine

I just got back from a road trip through Peru to discover new faces of aging to add to my photographic portfolios.  This was my first trip to South America, and on the way I discovered riches in people and culture, but one of my most unexpected experiences was getting a taste of ancient Peruvian medicine. Until the advent of science and technology, healing and …Read More

Popularity Grows for “The Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers”

  The Document Dermis Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello RN, PhD, continues to grow in popularity.  Published by the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Guide covers staging and identification of pressure ulcers and other wounds.  This book is being purchased in bulk by several major health care organizations, to be utilized by clinicians working in home care, skilled nursing, …Read More