A Quick Guide to Pressure Ulcers

The CDC estimates that 2% to 28% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers, a statistic which will not surprise wound care specialists. Unfortunately, in 2004 only 35% of nursing home residents who suffered from stage 2 or higher pressure ulcers received specialized wound care treatment.*  The cost of adult hospitalizations for pressure ulcers in 2006 totaled $11 billion.**

It is vital that all wound care specialists, and any practicing clinician, learn the current best practices to ensure the positive outcomes for their patients. Look through the clinical, peer-reviewed resources below, and stay up to date on wound care recommendations and implement them in your practice today!


Resources and Clinical Articles

pressure ulcer staging

Pressure ulcer staging

By Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, DWC Staging pressure ulcers can get tricky, especially when we’re dealing with a suspected deep-tissue injury (SDTI). The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines an SDTI as a “purple or maroon localized area of discolored intact skin or blood-filled blister due to damage of underlying soft
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Understanding NPUAP’s updates to pressure ulcer terminology and staging

On April 13, 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced changes in pressure ulcer terminology and staging definitions. Providers can adapt NPUAP’s changes for their clinical practice and documentation, but it’s important to note that, as of press time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not adopted the changes. This means that providers can’t use NPUAP’s updates when completing CMS
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Control your claims: Pressure ulcer/wound care management

One of many dreaded tags from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Survey is F-Tag 314 — Pressure ulcers. CMS writes, “Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan
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