Clinical Support

Solutions® Programs for Long Term Care

YOUR CHALLENGES

  • Balancing quality of care and organizational needs while running an efficient, clinically effective operation.
  • Wound Prevention and Management 
  • Infection Control 
  • Staffing Concerns and Efficiency 
  • Regulatory Compliance 

Preventing avoidable pressure ulcers and healing chronic wounds.

Pressure ulcers by the numbers:

2.2% - 23.9%

Incidence of pressure ulcers in long-term care facilities (1990-2000)

$ 70,000

Estimated cost to manage each ulcer

$ 11 billion

Annual national total cost to manage pressure ulcers

"The F-tag document is clear in its intent to encourage all long-term care facilities to adopt evidence-based pressure ulcer protocols of care and emphasizes the use of pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention strategies

The high prevalence of infection can put your facility and patients at risk.

Infection control is a growing, highly visible issue:

  • Infections are among the most significant final causes of death in the long-term care setting and a frequent reason for hospital transfer; skin/soft-tissue among the top four infections leading to transfer.
  • LTCFs experience 300,000 outbreaks of Clostridium difficile annually.
  • "If the frequency of antimicrobial-resistant cases becomes sufficiently high, the facility may find its reputation and its ability to market its services threatened."

 

26% to 50%

of hospital transfers
are due to infections

 

Facilities must demonstrate that "infection control practices reflect current standards of practice"

Staffing turnover and vacancies have wide-ranging effects on patient care, employee relations, and efficiency.

Profile of the long-term care workforce:

 

On-the-job training and access to support are vital components of your management plan.

Consistently delivering quality care that keeps your facility in compliance and out of the courtroom.

Residents realized recovery
against the facility in 91% of the cases
either through settlement
or jury verdict (1999-2001).

 

Damages have ranged
from $95,000 to $312 million
(median recovery: $1,060,000)
(1999-2002).

 

A study showed that the facilities named in 20 lawsuits could have realized litigation savings of $11,389,989 had proper protocols been in place and followed.

Facilities must comprehensively identify risk factors, accurately assess ulcer characteristics, and choose interventions based on current standards of practice to be in compliance and to reduce the likelihood of civil money penalties.