Foam Mattresses May Reduce Pressure Ulcers, Hospital Costs
CMS will not reimburse hospitals for the cost of treating hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, which it considers a “never event.”
Pham’s research studied the cost-effectiveness of pressure-redistribution foam mattresses on ED stretchers and beds for early prevention of pressure ulcers in elderly admitted emergency department patients. They found that early prevention was 82% likely to be cost-effective.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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