Healthcare News & Insights

Make zero ‘never events’ your hospital’s goal

“Never events” received their name because they’re serious adverse events that should never happen – they’re 100% preventable. Problem is, they do happen and with alarming frequency. And despite mandatory reporting, only about half the states comply, and what they report varies due to flawed measurement processes. So how can hospitals improve?

Keep patients from developing pressure ulcers after surgery

Preventing pressure ulcers should be a priority for hospitals. Not only do they often cause harm to patients, but treatment isn’t always covered by payors since they’re seen as “never events.” While some may think prevention falls only to nurses, your surgical team may also play a significant role in keeping pressure sores under control. 

Successful strategy for reducing pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers in patients are a prevalent and costly problem for hospitals. And because they’re seen as “never events” in some cases, Medicare won’t always reimburse facilities for treating them. To cut back on pressure ulcers, one hospital decided to implement a comprehensive prevention program – and other facilities can learn from its success. 

Wireless sensor system helps prevent pressure ulcers

If there are well-known and effective methods for identifying and preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs), why are they still one of the most prevalent hospital-acquired conditions?

Shocking way to prevent bedsores

For patients who are bedridden, paralyzed or in a wheelchair, pressure ulcers are a major concern. Not only are they painful, but they often lead to serious, life-threatening infections and significantly increase the cost of care. So what’s the best way to treat bedsores?