Tag: clinical

Flu season is here! Are you prepared?

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 […]

Silencing alarms in the long-term care setting

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. […]

Ask the expert: Assessment windows

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.