Standardized evidence-based wound care practices can help reduce the incidence of complications and lead to improved patient outcomes.
Until now, government payers have largely paid the bill for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, but this is changing.
Beginning in October 2008, Medicare will no longer pay for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, since they can "reasonably [be] prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines".
STAGE III & IV PRESSURE ULCERS CAN RESULT IN HOSPITAL STAYS OF UP TO 13 DAYS
Data from 2003
AVERAGE CHARGES OF $ 43,180
Data from 2007
Managing infected wounds and infectious stool with the right products and training are integral to patient safety and your bottom line.
Ongoing staff training using consistent, easy-to-implement wound care protocols together with appropriate products can standardize care and help improve patient outcomes.
Studies have demonstrated that a reduction in available nursing staff is directly related to an increase in adverse patient events, including the development of pressure ulcers.
Risk managers should ensure that an adequate process exists and is being followed for documenting pressure-ulcer prevention and treatment.