According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza (flu) season’s overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. The flu season can begin as early as October, so as the 2013-2014 influenza […]
Editor’s note: This brief is an excerpt from the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care about using chair alarms in the long-term care setting. For years, patient alarms have been the main tool in preventing patient falls, particularly in long-term care facilities where the majority of residents are categorized as a fall risk. […]
Q: Regarding section M0100, do the assessment tools such as the Braden scale and clinical assessment for pressure ulcer risks need to be done during the seven-day look back time frame in order to be used? A: Yes, every item coded must meet use the same assessment window.