In addition to the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel’s definition of Deep Tissue Pressure Injury, the 2019 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)¹ recognize the significant role temperature plays in skin and tissue assessment.
WoundVision Launches Mobile App for Wound Imaging, Measurement and Assessment.
The healthcare industry’s first full-service provider of wound imaging and documentation.
Beginning in October, Deep Tissue Pressure Injury will no longer be coded as an Unstageable Pressure Ulcer. Instead, ICD-10-CM has expanded Category L89, Pressure Ulcer to include Pressure-induced Deep Tissue Damage.
Every year, CMS releases updates and changes to the Medicare-Severity Diagnostic Related Groups (MS-DRGs) and the complication/comorbidity and major complication comorbidity (CC/MCC) diagnosis lists.
But the big news is what’s NOT taking effect in the final rule…
Do you know which Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) was the ONLY one with increased rates between 2014 and 2017?
This HAC resulted in:
-A 6% incidence rate increase
-An increase of $1.7 Billion in costs
-An increase of 4,900 deaths
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We all know visual assessment and wound size are important indicators, but do they always tell the whole story? What if you could combine those with physiological documentation? Visual assessment and wound measurement should never be replaced, but when combined with long-wave infrared imaging you now have an objective and reproducible method to more accurately detect and monitor wound infections. And being able to accurately determine if a wound is infected can prevent overtreatment and antibiotic drug resistance. (1)