Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Archive for September, 2010

Updated Pressure Ulcer Guide Goes into Second Printing

The Document Dermis™ Pocket Guide to Pressure ulcers authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello RN PhD has sold over 11,000 copies and is now going into its second printing.  Published by the New Jersey Hospital Association, the new version has been updated with consideration of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) staging guidelines and MDS 3.0: Skin Conditions, which applies to long-term care facilities. In …Read More

Geriatrics by Legislation: The Trend of the Future?

Recently Governor Paterson signed a law that mandates New York doctors to offer balanced information on choices for end-of-life care – a step in line with principles of geriatric practice and informed decision making.  All nursing homes are already mandated by regulation to perform assessments for such medical problems as delirium, depression, and pressure ulcers – assessments that will become more detailed and comprehensive on …Read More

Downloadable Resources for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions

I received so many inquiries about resources for skin assessment in the nursing home that I devoted this blog post to providing links and downloads useful to wound care clinicians.  Below you can access PDFs which contain important information related to skin, pressure ulcer, and wound assessment that will be helpful to nurses, doctors, medical directors, inservice directors, MDS coordinators, and anyone else interested in this very important topic.  As you probably know, …Read More

Determining the Avoidability of Pressure Ulcers

One of the biggest challenges in caring for patients with pressure ulcers from a risk-management  standpoint is determining whether the ulcer was avoidable.  The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has recently come out with a statement that “Not all pressure ulcers are avoidable.”  As a reference point, we can look at the Interpretive Guidelines for F-Tag 314 issued by the Department of Health & Human …Read More

Geriatrics Review Syllabus Audio Companion: Review Of Pressure Ulcers

January 8, 2011 The Geriatrics Review Syllabus (GRS7) Audio Companion is designed to keep professionals up to date on geriatric medicine, and also for doctors who are preparing for Board Examinations.  Dr. Jeffrey Levine recorded the audio version of a review of pressure ulcers for the American Geriatrics Society’s current versiion of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus.  The content goes into the basics of risk factor …Read More