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Medline's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program Addresses New CMS Deadline of October 1, 2008
Date:5/29/2008

Program combines a product bundle, education and training, and program

support to assist in reducing healthcare-acquired pressure ulcers

MUNDELEIN, Ill., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowing that pressure ulcers are top-of-mind for the entire healthcare community, Medline Industries, Inc. today introduced its Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program to assist in reducing and preventing pressure ulcers and incontinence-associated skin conditions, which may include dermatitis and skin tears.

It's crucial that healthcare facilities take a hard look at their current pressure ulcer prevention strategies and fill in any gaps. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in FY2007, there were 257,412 preventable pressure ulcers reported as secondary diagnoses in hospitals. The average cost of each of those pressure ulcers is estimated to be $43,180 per hospital stay. These figures are staggering, and pressure ulcers are about to have even graver implications for health care. Beginning October 1, 2008, the CMS will no longer assign a higher diagnosis-related group (DRG) for facility- acquired pressure ulcers. The financial implications of this new policy are enormous.

Compelled to help customers understand and address this new policy, Medline turned to a panel of wound care experts to provide possible solutions. The result is a program that integrates a product bundle, education and training, and program support. Combined with a money-back guarantee, the goal of the program is to reduce facility-acquired pressure ulcers and improve outcomes while saving facilities time and money.

Product Bundle

The product bundle includes Medline's Remedy line of products: moisturizers; cleansers; protectants and antifungals. All of these products contain Olivamine(R), a patented blend of ingredients that deliver essential nutrients necessary for optimal skin health including amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and MSM.

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