Month: August 2011

New Rules for Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment in Nursing Homes

MDS version 3.0, the mandatory assessment tool for residents of skilled nursing facilities, was finally implemented October 2010 after years of planning.  Section M: Skin Condition has been completely revised and expanded.  This blog post will address MDS 3.0 sub-section M0100: Determination of Pressure Ulcer Risk, which approaches

  17.08.2011

5 Ways to Improve Communication Regarding Wound Care

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of wound care, communication is critical to maintain the process of healing.  This applies to all types of chronic wounds including pressure ulcers and ulcers related to arterial and venous disease.  There are several avenues of communication for wound care, all

  7.08.2011

Government Study Cites Flawed Medical Device Approval Process

FACT: Many wound-care products are considered “medical devices” with limited data on efficacy. A new study released by the Institute of Medicine points out that the FDA’s approval process for medical devices is flawed.  Medical devices include high profile items such as hip replacements, but this

  1.08.2011

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.