Attention Nursing, health-care & ERC researchers: Seminar on pressure ulcer prevention, rehabilitation

WHAT: Weekly Engineering Research Center-Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Friday, October 31, McNair Hall Lecture Room 4

TOPIC: Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Common Rehabilitation Strategies

PRESENTERS:
Dr. Jennifer Martin
Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education
Department of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University

Ms. Holly Garrigan
Clinical Instructor,  Physical Therapist Programs
Duke University @ Cone Health System Greensboro

ABSTRACT: Pressure ulcers are a far-too-common medical complication associated with limited mobility and prolonged bed rest. In 2006, CMS reported 322,946 cases of pressure ulcers among Medicare patients, of which the average cost of treatment exceeded $40,000. Subsequently, CMS implemented stricter regulations restricting reimbursement to agencies and facilities that allowed pressure ulcers to develop prompting health care providers to renew focus on primary preventative strategies. This talk will present the physiological processes and contributing factors that lead to this serious health condition and discuss common preventative strategies employed by rehabilitation professional.

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