An ounce of prevention.
More and more hospitals are paying attention to pressure ulcers. Not only are they costly to treat, but they are becoming increasingly prevalent due to the rising number of comorbidities.
Making matters more urgent is the fact that Medicare, as part of its “Never Event” policy, has stopped reimbursing healthcare facilities for the expense of treating pressure ulcers and injuries acquired during a hospital stay.
The result of these converging factors is that healthcare facilities are realizing that concentrating on the prevention of pressure ulcers is the best long-term strategy. Rapidly emerging is a paradigm shift about support surfaces and how they are used to protect patients.