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Pressure ulcers are commonly called bed sores or pressure sores. They are skin lesions that may also affect underlying tissues and are caused when the skin or the tissues are put under repeated and regular pressure or stress.
EHOB announces release of Position Perfect System

EHOB announces release of Position Perfect System

EHOB, Inc., a leading provider of affordable products effective in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, is announcing today the release of the Position Perfect System. Designed as a unique turning, transferring and positioning system, it not only complies with facility turning protocols but also protects patients from added pressure and shearing forces. [More]
Study: Blue light proves to have powerful bacteria-killing ability

Study: Blue light proves to have powerful bacteria-killing ability

Blue light has proven to have powerful bacteria-killing ability in the laboratory. The potent antibacterial effects of irradiation using light in the blue spectra have now also been demonstrated in human and animal tissues. A series of groundbreaking articles that provide compelling evidence of this effect are published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
New tool provides first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management

New tool provides first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management

Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety. [More]
Loyola nurses eliminate risk of pressure ulcers in infants born prematurely

Loyola nurses eliminate risk of pressure ulcers in infants born prematurely

Infants born prematurely are at a significantly increased risk for pressure ulcers, yet nurses at Loyola University Health System have been able to eliminate this threat for patients in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. [More]
Rates of hospital-acquired bedsores not accurate tool for comparing hospital quality, says report

Rates of hospital-acquired bedsores not accurate tool for comparing hospital quality, says report

​The data Medicare uses to publicly report hospital rates of patients developing pressure ulcers (or bedsores) is not an accurate source for comparing hospitals on how well they prevent the condition, says a new University of Michigan study. [More]
Researchers report higher number of pressure ulcers in pediatrics

Researchers report higher number of pressure ulcers in pediatrics

A new study has uncovered a problem in pediatrics thought to be a major issue only in adult medicine: pressure ulcers. [More]
Pediatric nurse scientist awarded AACN Impact Research Grant

Pediatric nurse scientist awarded AACN Impact Research Grant

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded a $50,000 AACN Impact Research Grant to Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN, a leading clinical scientist in pediatric critical care nursing. [More]
AACN awards Impact Research Grant to Detroit palliative care expert

AACN awards Impact Research Grant to Detroit palliative care expert

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded an AACN Impact Research Grant to Margaret "Meg" Campbell, RN, PhD, FAAN, a nationally known expert in hospital-based palliative care and end-of-life issues. [More]
Sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies in clinical staff

Sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies in clinical staff

The federal government invested more than $25 billion in health information technology (IT) as a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; yet, little is known about how IT applications improve patient safety and protect their privacy. Now, a University of Missouri nursing informatics expert suggests that sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies among clinical staff, which allows staff to more efficiently coordinate care and better protect patient privacy. [More]
Alcohol and antibiotics: an interview with Dr Randall

Alcohol and antibiotics: an interview with Dr Randall

Contrary to popular belief, there are only a handful of antibiotics that can interact with alcohol to cause unpleasant effects. The two main antibiotics you should definitely avoid drinking alcohol with are metronidazole (brand names include Flagyl) and tinidazole (brand names include Fasigyn). [More]
Dietary fish oil supplements could help heal bedsores

Dietary fish oil supplements could help heal bedsores

Chock-full of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, fish oil can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, and promote healthy fetal development. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has found that it has a positive effect on bedsores, too. [More]
Textile pressure ulcer prevention

Textile pressure ulcer prevention

The skin is the most versatile of our organs: It protects the body from environmental effects, contributes to the body's immune system and supports metabolic functions such as breathing. [More]
Direct link between pressure ulcers, patient mortality and increased hospitalization

Direct link between pressure ulcers, patient mortality and increased hospitalization

A new clinical study spearheaded by the dean of UCLA's School of Nursing has found a direct correlation between pressure ulcers - commonly known as bedsores - and patient mortality and increased hospitalization. [More]
Antibiotics: facts and fictions: an interview with Dr Philippa Binns, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise

Antibiotics: facts and fictions: an interview with Dr Philippa Binns, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections or diseases caused by bacteria, such as some respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia and whooping cough), urinary tract infections, skin infections and infected wounds. [More]
Kinetic Concepts launches Skin IQ 1000 MCM to help prevent and treat stage I-IV pressure ulcers

Kinetic Concepts launches Skin IQ 1000 MCM to help prevent and treat stage I-IV pressure ulcers

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) announced today the U.S. launch of the Skin IQ 1000 Microclimate Manager (MCM) by its Therapeutic Support Systems (TSS) business. [More]
Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors

Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors

If you hire a caregiver from an agency for an elderly family member, you might assume the person had undergone a thorough criminal background check and drug testing, was experienced and trained for the job. [More]

Relationship between coworkers plays an important role in the quality of care

Nursing homes that foster an environment in which workers feel they are valued contributors to a team of caregivers provide better care to their residents. That is the conclusion of a study out this month in the journal Health Services Research. [More]

Group rates more than 2,600 hospitals with single letter grade

News outlets report on how their local hospitals were graded by a nonprofit organization that culled patient safety ratings from a variety of sources and assigned a single letter grade to more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States. [More]
Data from EarlySense contact-free monitor clinical study presented at ATS conference

Data from EarlySense contact-free monitor clinical study presented at ATS conference

EarlySense, a market leader in proactive patient care solutions, announced today the results of a clinical study conducted at a Dignity Health Hospital. The data was presented today in a poster presentation titled: Effect Of Contactless Continuous Patient Monitoring In A Medical-Surgical Unit On Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Controlled Clinical Trial at the ATS International Conference in San Francisco. [More]

Partnership for Patients initiative participants launch sprint program to prevent pressure ulcers

Hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patients initiative have launched a program to prevent pressure ulcers. [More]