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New Updates to Decubitus Ulcer Staging (from Stage 1 to Stage 4)

Recently, the NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) changed the way healthcare providers across the country stage decubitus ulcers. The term ‘pressure ulcer’ is now being replaced with ‘pressure injury’, which better designates the description of the wound as an actual injury. Also, decubitus ulcers will now be staged 1 to 4 with Arabic numerals […]

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Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers

April 20, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital   |   0 Comment

Hospital acquired pressure ulcers are decubitus ulcers that develop while a patient is in the hospital. These are different from bedsores that existed on the patient when (s)he was admitted. A hospital acquired pressure ulcer is a never event, which means that hospitals do not get paid for treatment related to the hospital acquired decubitus […]

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Society’s Share of the Cost of Bad Nursing Home Care – Big Medicare & Medicaid Bucks

Think only insurance companies pay for medical treatment associated with decubitus ulcers? Think again. A recent consumer research study reveals the following alarming nursing home abuse and hospital┬ápatient neglect facts: 75% of nursing home residents will suffer a fall at some point. In a 100 bed facility, on average, there are 100-200 falls per year. […]

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Study: Most Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals go Unreported

May 17, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital   |   0 Comment

More Than Half of All Decubitus Ulcers Go Unreported When Developed in a Hospital Would you report a decubitus ulcer (bedsore or pressure sore) if you noticed one on your loved one in a hospital? Most of the time, decubitus ulcers in hospitals are unreported, according to a recent study published by the New York […]

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Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals – A sign of Hospital Patient Neglect

April 30, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Can I sue a Hospital for Pressure Sore?,Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital   |   0 Comment

Decubitus ulcers in hospitals should not occur. Hospital decubitus ulcers have been declared a “never” event in American healthcare; meaning the US government determined hospital decubitus ulcers should never occur. Hospital Decubitus Ulcers Hospitals are acute care facilities; they are supposed to provide the highest amount of care to their patients. Decubitus ulcers form when […]

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ICD 9 Decubitus Ulcer Codes

March 10, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer - Death,Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital,Decubitus Ulcer Lawsuit   |   0 Comment

DECUBITUS ULCER ICD 9 CODES ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions (like decubitus ulcers). ICD-9-CM 707.00 is the base billing code for decubitus ulcers (pressure sores). ┬áThe following medical billing ICD 9 codes are specific to decubitus ulcers and their locations on the patient’s body: […]

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What is an Ischial Decubitus Ulcer?

What is a decubitus ulcer on the ischium? The ischium is the back lower portion of the hip bone. A decubitus ulcer is a breakdown in the skin, also known as a pressure sore or bedsore. In other words, ischial decubitus ulcer is medical jargon for pressure sores on a patient’s buttocks. Often times, staff […]

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Prevention of Decubitus Ulcers

How to Prevent Pressure Sores A recent US Dept. of Health and Human Services article lists methods to prevent decubitus ulcers in hospital patients and nursing home residents. The government study collected differing studies and isolated the areas of agreement in decubitus ulcer prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers. Areas of Agreement Between Differing Researchers […]

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Decubitus Ulcer declared a “Never Event” in Healthcare

Decubitus Ulcers should “never” occur Decubitus ulcers (bedsores) have been determined to be a “never event” in hospitals and nursing homes. This means they should never occur and can be prevented. Most Never Events are very rare. A recent study estimated that a healthcare providers may have a “never event” of wrong-site surgery once every […]

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Pressure Sore Prevention Plan implemented in Hospitals

Decubitus Ulcer Prevention Chart in Hospitals Decubitus ulcers in hospitals are a no no. American hospitals recently implemented the chart on the left in an effort to prevent pressure sores. The pressure sore flow chart diagram offers insight into the steps a hospital nurse or doctor should take to prevent bedsores in hospital patients. The […]

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Repositioning in Wheelchair Prevents Pressure Sores

Nursing home / hospital staff are required to turn and reposition patients in wheelchairs. Recently, the Mayo Clinic came out with tips on how to prevent pressure sores in wheelchair-bound patients. These helpful tips can prevent skin breakdown and avoid decubitus ulcer infection (what is a decubitus ulcer?) Here are the preventative steps to stop […]

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Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals

Decubitus ulcers form in elderly hospital patients when they are neglected for days at a time. This is a major problem in American hospitals. This article analyzes a recent government study into the real costs that pressure sores have on our health system. Bedsores are more than just hazardous to the patient’s health, they also […]

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Decubitus Ulcer Information

Synopsis: Another great resource on decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. Includes preventative measures for avoiding decubitus ulcers. Should be done by all care professionals in charge of patients who are at risk. “Bedsores, Decubitus Ulcer : Definition, Causes, Symptoms, Prevent And Treatment Friday, July 6th 2012. | Skin, Hair and Nails Decubitus Ulcer Definition Pressure […]

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Rise in MRSA infections due to bedsores

January 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital,Infected Pressure Sore,Pressure Sores in Hospital   |   0 Comment

Synopsis: A rise in MRSA, viruses untreatable by antibiotics, is partially due to the rise in untreated decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. These bedsores allow an easy access point for MRSA to be contracted. “More New Zealanders are contracting the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA. But the number of people catching a lesser known bug, ESBL, […]

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Nurses Highlight Hospital Bedsore Issue

January 15, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Can I sue a Hospital for Pressure Sore?,Decubitus Ulcer in Hospital   |   0 Comment

Synopsis: The importance of preventing decubitus ulcers was highlighted in an awareness week dedicated to the issue of pressure sores. Bedsores can affect up to 10 percent of patients admitted to hospitals. “A LOCAL group of nurses highlighted the importance of preventing pressure ulcers last week and organised a dedicated Awareness Week. The week involved […]

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