Pressure Ulcers

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December 2017

CMUNRO SCALE created to facilitate risk assessment for pressure injuries

In 2016, after 10 years of research and validation, Cassendra Munro’s Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Munro Scale) was made available for use in the perioperative setting and was added to the AORN Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Tool Kit. The Munro Scale assesses a patient’s risk level…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 19, 2017
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Joint Commission announces first Physician Leader Forum Challenge Award

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced April 26 that Select Medical, based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the first recipient of its Physician Leader Forum Challenge Award. The award recognizes Select Medical’s leading practice for wound care and prevention of pressure ulcers in patients throughout the system. An improvement project lowered…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2017
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Reduced risk of pressure injuries in hospitals with WOC certified nurses

Editor's Note Hospitals that employ nurses certified in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), finds this study. Of 928 hospital included in the analysis, 36.6% employed WOC certified nurses. Hospitals with WOC certified nurses had lower HAPI rates and better pressure injury…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2017
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AHRQ data show drop in hospital-acquired conditions

Editor's Note There were about 3.1 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) between 2010 and 2015, according to a newly released report from the Agency for healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Most of the decline was because of a: 42% reduction in adverse drug events 23% drop in pressure ulcers 15%…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 15, 2017
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Cardiac surgeon’s invention reduces pressure ulcers, LOS

Editor's Note A device invented by Rafael Squitieri, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, reduced pressure ulcers and length of stay in studies, the December 24, 2016, Connecticut Post reports. The device, called “TurnCare,” is a mat that is placed under patients and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2017
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Pressure Ulcers During Surgery: Preventable or Not?

Even though hospital-acquired pressure ulcers joined the list of “never events” in 2008 for which hospitals would no longer be reimbursed, pressure ulcer rates have not significantly declined. Is your hospital having problems bringing pressure ulcer rates below the goal? If so, this program is designed for you! The speakers…

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Hospital cost of surgery-related pressure ulcers

Editor's Note This study found that hospital-acquired pressure ulcers add 44% to the cost of major surgical hospital stays, but the amount varies depending on length of stay. Using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases and the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System for 2011…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 16, 2016
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New assessment tool ready to help prevent pressure ulcers

After a 10-year journey, Cassendra Munro’s Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Munro Scale) is available for use in the perioperative setting and has been added to the AORN Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Tool Kit. “It is the most comprehensive risk assessment tool available for use by the…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Munro Scale added to AORN tool kit

Editor's Note Cassendra A. Munro, MSN, RN, CNOR, announced April 3 at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, the addition of the Munro Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Adults) to AORN’s Prevention of Perioperative Pressure Ulcers Tool Kit. The Munro Scale is the only…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2016
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Fine-tuning the Munro Scale for pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers affect up to 3 million adults in the US each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Surgical patients are at high risk to develop pressure ulcers because of immobility during long procedures and anesthesia that blocks sensitivity to pain and pressure. Estimates of treatment…

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By: OR Manager
May 14, 2015
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New pressure ulcer risk tool moves forward with implementation study

The high incidence of pressure ulcer development in surgical patients puts the onus on perioperative nurses to be proactive in risk assessment and use of preventive measures. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that each pressure ulcer adds more than $43,000 in costs to a hospital stay,…

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By: OR Manager
June 16, 2014
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