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 January, 2012

Year of the Dragon in Manhattan’s Chinatown

The thing I love most about Manhattan is that it is endlessly photogenic.  This past weekend my wife and I went to Manhattan’s Chinatown to watch the New Year’s parade in celebration of the Year of the Dragon – one of the most revered years of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, and calculated according to a lunar calendar. …Read More

Rockefeller Center Photo Makes News

  One of my photos recently appeared in Rockefeller Center in a promotion for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. This is the geriatric arm of the NYU College of Nursing, and its mission is to shape the quality of health care of older adults through excellence in nursing practice. The window featured a 93 year old woman from Texas, Edith McAllister, who I recently …Read More

Painting, Poetry, and Medicine: Charles Demuth and William Carlos Williams

The special exhibit entitled Stieglitz and His Artists which recently closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art had on view an American masterwork which was the fruit of collaboration between a physician-poet and a painter.  The name of the painting is “I saw the Figure 5 in Gold” by Charles Demuth, and his collaborator was William Carlos Williams. Charles Demuth was born in Lancaster, PA …Read More

Pressure Ulcer Nomenclature and Documentation

Flawed and inconsistent wound documentation has serious risk-management implications.  This blog post will examine some fine points regarding pressure ulcer nomenclature and documentation. Many definitions and classification schemes for pressure ulcers were developed over the years and continue to be a source of confusion.  As patients move across the healthcare continuum from hospital to rehabilitation facility to nursing home, descriptive data can vary greatly even if …Read More

Photographing Los Ancianos of Bolivia

This past summer I returned to South America to photograph aging, and one of these photos is featured on the December cover of The Gerontologist.  This is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America.  I am often asked about my “TG” cover photos (there’s been about 40 since 1995), so I decided to give some background on this picture.  My destination was La Paz, …Read More