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 The Health Information Technology Landscape for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care

Eight industry executives were invited to participate in a stakeholder discussion of today’s landscape for health information technology for long-term and post-acute care. The discussion took place in June 2012 concurrent with AHIMA’s 8th annual LTPAC HIT Summit, and was sponsored by WoundRounds®, the point-of-care wound documentation and prevention solution.

 

AUTHORED BY:

Linda Kloss, RHIA, Kloss Strategic Advisors, Ltd.
Former CEO of AHIMA

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

WoundRounds®, a service of Telemedicine Solutions, LLC

Modern Wound Care Blog

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Pressure Ulcers and Patient Mortality Rates

 

A new UCLA-led study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has reported a direct correlation between hospital bed sores and patient mortality rate. Since there is no single database to help determine the incidence of pressure ulcers among hospitalized Medicare patients, researchers used data directly from medical records. The researchers found that patients who developed a pressure ulcer were more likely to die during their hospital stay. [1]

“Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers were shown to be an important risk factor associated with mortality,” noted Dr. Courtney Lyder, lead investigator on the study and dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. He added, “It is incumbent upon hospitals to identify individuals at high risk for these ulcers and implement preventive interventions immediately upon admission.”

According to the report, 4.5% of the patients monitored acquired a pressure ulcer during their hospital stay. The study also revealed that out of the 3,000 individuals who entered the hospital with a pressure ulcer, 16.7% developed at least one new bedsore during their stay. The odds of a patient dying in the hospital are 2.8 times higher if the patient has a pressure ulcer. “This is a serious issue, and now we have data that can help the healthcare system address this ongoing problem,” explained Dr. Lyder. He added, “When individuals enter the hospital with the risk conditions that we’ve identified, it should send up an immediate warning signal that appropriate steps should be taken to minimize the chance of pressure ulcers occurring.”

For more informaiton on how to prevent and treat pressure ulcers, visit woundrounds.com

 


[1] Wulffson, Robin. “New UCLA study reports bedsores can be fatal.” Web. Examiner.com. 01 October 2012.

Comments

There is also a direct correlation between severe protein calorie malnutrition(3.5 or less Serum Albumin), Hydrostatic Edema and Skin Breakdown, as well as Morbidity/Mortality. Let me know if you want evidence from our program in actual practice 94% healed and/or improved pressure sores with 95% less re-hospitalizations.
Posted @ Thursday, October 04, 2012 10:21 AM by Lamont(Monty)Dorsey
I have spent many years analyzing data in acute care facilities pertaining to incidence and prevalence of wounds. There is one very disturbing fact the admitting documentation often does not identify pre-existing wounds, especially those admitted through the ER and that exposes hospitals to a great deal of financial risk.
Posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 11:00 AM by Ken Franz
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