Friday, May 22, 2009

New Partnership Tackles Pressure Ulcer

Pressure ulcers result from staying in one position for too long without shifting your weight. This can happen to those who are bedridden or in a wheelchair. Courtland Gardens and Sinai Hospital are partnering to enhance continuity of care between hospitals and nursing homes for residents with pressure ulcers as well as those at risk for developing pressure ulcers. This exciting new program, developed by the Delmarva Foundation and Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene , provides a unique opportunity for nursing homes and hospitals to work together to make sure there is a smooth transition for residents between health care facilities. It is hoped that this model for the consistent identification, treatment, and reduction of pressure ulcers will become a national model for prevention of facility-acquired pressure ulcer.

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