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Category: Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers

Pressure Ulcer Guide Helps New Jersey Nursing Homes

In an unusual agreement between the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the New Jersey Department of Health, the Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello PhD, RN will be distributed to skilled nursing facilities across the state of New Jersey. Money collected through Civil Monetary Penalties for survey deficiencies will pay for purchase …Read More

Pressure Ulcer Guide Exhibited in Las Vegas at NPUAP

I just got back from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Biennial Meeting in Las Vegas, where my Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers was exhibited and given its debut in digital format.  The guide was authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello PhD, RN, and has sold over 30,000 copies internationally.  The book is published by New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Healthcare Business Solutions, and their …Read More

Common Questions on Coding for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions

I recently gave another training session for nursing home professionals for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions.  In the audience were nurses, directors of nursing, administrators, MDS coordinators and a smattering of physical therapists, doctors, and social workers.  After the didactic I fielded questions and decided to share the most common ones with my blog readers.  Question 1:  How do I code Section M0700 when …Read More

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

Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers: How I Took Those Photos

Many people have asked how I took the high quality photos of wounds in my recently published Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers.  I’ve been photographing pressure ulcers and other skin conditions in elderly persons since my geriatric fellowship in 1985.  The photos in this book were chosen from hundreds in my wound library, reviewed by Elizabeth Ayello and myself, and picked for the most typical example of …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

Long Term Care Preparing for MDS 3.0

Guest Post by Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN. Are you ready for the changes in MDS 3.0, Section M: Skin Condition? Having just developed the slide materials and provided the instruction on this for the CMS “Train the Trainer” programs in April 2010, I strongly believe that because section M is expanded to three pages, now is the time for clinicians, …Read More

Clinicians Love the Pressure Ulcer Guide

The Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, co-authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello PhD, RN has become a hit with clinicians.  Published by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), we designed this book to be a handy quick reference for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who need informa- tion on staging and identification of pressure ulcers and other wounds, and preliminary reviews are very encouraging.  The book …Read More

New Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers

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 Association, the guide has been over two years in development.  It is intended to help clinicians stage pressure ulcers and correctly …Read More