As buildings look at Quality Improvement Measures, wheelchair seating supports several key components of the CMS Nursing Home Action Plan, specifically the Promote Quality Improvement Objectives of reducing preventable pressure ulcers and the prevention of costs associated with hip fractures due to falls.
The PostureWorks wheelchair seating products are designed to promote optimal positioning, provide skin protection and decrease fall risk. Additionally, if your team is actively addressing wounds, falls, restraints and pain, effective wheelchair seating and positioning reduces the likelihood of receiving a state tag in these areas.
Preventive care for residents may improve their quality of life by decreasing their risk of wounds and falls. Preventive care is also well aligned with the CMS goal of promoting “culture change”. Lastly, wounds and falls are costly. According to Wake (2010) the cost of providing care for one pressure ulcer can range from $3500 to over $60,000, depending on the stage of the ulcer. According to a report by Gallagher 2011, the average cost of a fall after sustaining an injury is $19,440 and the average cost of a hip fracture is $35,000. Evidence shows that the majority of pressure ulcers can be prevented and approximately 30% of falls in nursing homes can be prevented (Wake, 2010).
There are numerous benefits associated with achieving optimal patient positioning including:
- Increased comfort
- Contracture prevention
- Improved digestion and respiratory function
- Increased ability to participate in therapy
- Increased independence in activities of daily living
If you would like to learn more about how The PostureWorks Products can support your initiatives for Quality Improvement Objectives outlined by CMS in the Nursing Home Action Plan, email or call The PostureWorks at 866-860-5200.
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