Clinical Outcomes Data Shows Significant Reduction in Skin Tears

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With implementation of best-practice interventions that include the use of skin sleeves, facilities can reduce skin-tear incidence by over 50 percent decreasing wound-care costs by thousands of dollars annually.

The Posey Company, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative and reliable patient safety solutions, today announced the availability of clinical outcomes data demonstrating the contributing value of skin-sleeve products, along with other interventions, in reducing skin-tear incidences at a rehabilitation facility. The data was presented over the weekend at the WOW 2009: Wild on Wounds conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Skin tears are painful and can lead to infection for millions of patients. And, resources expended in caring for patient skin complications - for staff time and for dressing products - can be inordinate. Recent experience strongly suggests a reliable regimen of proactive skin care can assist in skin-break healing and preventing additional occurrences.

The outcome data - part of a multi-year trial at a more than 200-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility - indicates caregivers can significantly improve patient skin quality as well as limit skin-care dressing expenses by implementing a protocol of action that specifically combines staff education and patient assessment for skin risk with a regimen of skin lotion, sleeve, and guard products. The data shows skin-tear incidence reductions of near 50% and savings of as much as $15,000-$20,000 annually in connection with a protocol of care.

Denise Nix, RN, MS, CWOCN, is an author of the clinical trial and presented the findings. Ms. Nix is a former associate director for the webWOC Nursing Educational Program in partnership with Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. She also co-authored the 3rd-edition textbook, Acute and Chronic Wounds.

Regarding her work, Ms. Nix said, "We've assessed the effectiveness of a best-practice protocol with this trial. With a mean change in monthly skin-tear incidence from 18.7 to 8.7, the data clearly indicates a direct correlation between patient care and outcomes. In addition, with the reduction in nosocomial skin tears, the data projects an average monthly reduction of $1,698 in wound-management labor and dressing costs."

Ernie Posey, CEO and President of the Posey Company, said, "Solid clinical data is paramount in understanding patient and clinician needs. As a company, we continue to strongly support research and educational opportunities. With real-world evidence to help improve processes, we can confidently maintain our mission to reduce skin-related suffering and infection, particularly in aging populations."

Posey also exhibited at the Las Vegas event, WOW 2009: Wild on Wounds, a national conference sponsored by the Wound Care Education Institute, September 10-12, 2009, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Posey Company
Posey Company delivers innovative patient safety solutions--including products and in-service support for fall management, bed safety, wound prevention, wheelchair seating, and restraint--to hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in-home care providers. Our offerings create care advantages for a wide variety of patients from pediatrics to adults, for brain injury, stroke, and even dementia patients. The company is headquartered in California and operates globally. Visit http://www.posey.com for more information.

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