TAKING DEEP ACTION TO PREVENT PRESSURE INJURIES

Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:52:12 PM America/New_York

Many of the complications caused by pressure injuries occur with the most serious types, those in stage III and IV, authors Todd Zortman, RN, WCC and James Malec, PhD note. Frequently, such advanced stage pressure ulcers are a direct result of deep tissue injuriesdefined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel as “a pressure-related injury to subcutaneous tissues under intact skin.”

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Assessments Help Reduce Adverse Perioperative Outcomes

Monday, October 15, 2018 11:23:58 AM America/New_York

“All patients scheduled to undergo major noncardiac surgery should have an assessment of the risk of perioperative cardiovascular events, and most patients should be evaluated with a risk prediction model,” Drs. Steven  L. Cohn and Lee A. Fleisher write in UpToDate. “Identification of increased risk provides the patient (and surgeon) with information that helps them better understand the benefit-to-risk ratio of a procedure and may lead to interventions that decrease risk".

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Purdue University Professor has Seen Evolution of Pressure Injury Treatment

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:38:36 PM America/New_York

Jean Hayes, RN, MS, now retired from Purdue University (North Central) School of Nursing in Indiana and from her long-standing practice in the home health care industry, says she’s seen it all. Interviewed at length by our Action Products blog editor, Hayes recalls the evolution of nursing practices over her forty year career.

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Action Products Plays Role in Ambulatory Surgical Center Trend

Friday, September 21, 2018 11:11:48 AM America/New_York

“As the government and payers scrutinize costs and push the shift to value-based care, outpatient surgery is expected to see an overall 11 percent increase from 2017 to 2022,” Laura Dyrda writes in ASCOA (Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America). ASC surgical volume in 46 of the 50 largest markets in the U.S. grew 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, and “market factors are expected to continue pushing for growth.”

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O.R. Prevention Tactics for MARSI and Skin Shear

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:44:00 AM America/New_York

There was a time when skin injuries were not recognized as developing in the perioperative setting, given the relatively abbreviated period of time patients spent in the O.R. Yet the perioperative setting involves multiple opportunities for injuries to occur.  In fact, MASDs, or moisture-associated skin damage is only one of a trio of skin injuries that you might not expect to occur in the operating room. 

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