Pressure Ulcer (Bed Sore) Specialists Offer Prevention Strategies in New Consensus Paper

The International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel, which is composed of physicians and nurses who specialize in pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) prevention, recently published a consensus paper entitled "New Opportunities to Improve Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment: Implications of the CMS Inpatient Hospital Care Present on Admission (POA) Indicators/Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Policy."  The paper offers suggestions and discusses strategies for more effective pressure ulcer prevention.  

The group of wound care specialists gathered in response to an invitation by Medline to identify strategies for improving pressure ulcer prevention and care.  Beginning October 1, 2008, hospitals will not receive Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement for the care of patients who acquired pressure ulcers while under hospital care.  

In 2007 alone, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported 257,412 cases of preventable pressure ulcers in hospitals.  The average cost per case in which pressure ulcers were listed was estimated to be $43,180 per patient. CMS estimates that 60,000 patients die each year as a result of complications from pressure ulcers.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.