157. Are pressure ulcers avoidable?
The term “avoidable” is defined in the Federal regulations governing the operations of nursing homes. A pressure ulcer is avoidable when a nursing homes neglect to assess a resident’s skin integrity, complete a care plan with personalized interventions based on that assessment, or update that care plan based on observation. Neither age, chronic illness, or non-compliance plays a factor. In this week’s episode, we talk about a nursing home’s obligation to residents to prevent pressure ulcers, and what it means to be avoidable or unavoidable.