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November 08, 2010 12:23 ET

Richfield, Ohio-Based Regina Health Center Enhancing Resident Quality Care With New Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program

Using Medline's New Prevention Program, Regina Educates Clinical Staff on Improved Resident Care

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) -  Regina Health Center, a nursing home in Richfield, Ohio, is already a four-star facility, a high-quality rating given to nursing homes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). So it is no surprise that Regina Health Center staff members recently received certificates for undergoing and passing extensive training to enhance resident and patient care focused on preventing a common yet debilitating condition called pressure ulcers.

Pressure ulcers (sometimes called "bed sores") affect millions of people each year.1 They can be painful and dangerous to nursing home residents and hospital patients and expensive to treat. By implementing a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention program, Regina Health Center is helping to eliminate this painful and serious condition.

In collaboration with Medline Industries, Inc., a provider of healthcare products and developer of the pressure ulcer prevention program, Regina Health Center staff employed multiple interventions over a four-month time period, resulting in a dramatic increase in staff education and enhanced quality care.

"We are very pleased with the results and our ongoing pursuit to provide the best care possible to our residents and patients," said Janet Cinadr, Director of Nursing at Regina Health Center. "We feel that a lot of that has to do with increased staff education on identification of pressure ulcers when residents are admitted to the facility and the interventions we've put into place." 

Specifically, the interventions include clinically tested skin care products, absorbent incontinence products, low air loss mattresses, intensive staffing and family education and clinical support.

To measure the effectiveness of the education, the clinical staff at Regina Health took a pre-test prior to the implementation of the program and another test after the education. Of the 39 nurses that took the pre-test, 69 percent passed. Following the pressure ulcer prevention education, 95 percent of the nurses passed the post-test. Similar results were found with the 62 nursing assistants; 80 percent passed the pre-test and 90 percent passed the post-test.

Key to the success of the program are the educational materials such as nurse and nursing assistant workbooks, instructor notebooks and teaching materials and patient and family education brochures. The program also provides long-term assistance in the areas of staff education, training and tracking the program's effectiveness. 

"The program not only increases the assessment skills and patient care abilities of our staff, it helps us remain in compliance with new rules and regulations the government rolled out in October," said Cinadr. "These education materials give us a major advantage in treating our residents and patients and reducing the number of pressure ulcers at our facility."

Skin care products in the program include Medline's Remedy® line of moisturizers, cleansers, skin protectants and antifungals. Incontinence products, such as dry pads and adult briefs, are also part of the product offering. Both of these products help keep the skin dry, which is a crucial step in reducing and preventing incontinence-associated skin maceration and potential development of pressure ulcers. To round out the pressure ulcer prevention program, low-air-loss mattresses are also offered, which help to reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the body. 

Facilities that use Medline's pressure ulcer prevention program achieve on average a 70 percent reduction in facility-acquired pressure ulcers and save approximately $258,000 per year (based on reducing six pressure ulcers at an average treatment cost per pressure ulcer of $43,000, according to CMS). 2

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the total cost to treat pressure ulcers in the United States is estimated at $11 billion per year. 3 In 2006, there were 503,300 hospital stays during which pressure ulcers were noted -- a 78 percent increase from 1993, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) in a statistical brief, December 2008. 4

References
1Lyder CH. Pressure ulcer prevention and management. JAMA. 2003; 289(2):223-226. Reddy M, Gill SS, Rochon PA. Preventing pressure ulcers: A systematic review. I. 2006; 296:974-984.

2http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/factsheet.asp?Counter=3042&;intNumPerPage=10&checkDate=&checkKey=&srchType=1&numDays=3500&srchOpt=0&srchData=&keywordType=All&chkNewsType=6&intPage=&showAll=&pYear=&year=&desc=false&cboOrder=date

3Reddy M, Gill SS, Rochon PA. Preventing pressure ulcers: A systematic review. JAMA. 2006; 296:974-984.

4Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Statistical brief #64, December 2008

About Regina Health Center
Located in Richfield, Ohio, Regina Health Center is a licensed facility including 101 nursing beds with a special care unit for dementia and 54 assisted living care units. Regina provides a variety of services to help make its facilities feel like home while catering to the special care needs of each individual. Regina Health Center is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

About Medline Industries, Inc. 
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 900 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians. 

Medline has a growing network of 34 distribution centers around the country, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 180 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.

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