The rising cost of providing quality care in long-term care is a growing concern. While finding new pockets of cost savings may seem difficult, it is not impossible.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in ten residents in skilled nursing facilities have pressure ulcers.  And in elderly populations, pressure ulcers are one of the most costly to treat.  In 2008, the estimated cost of treating pressure ulcers rose to a whopping $3.3 billion per year. 
If there is an easy way for you to cut the cost of pressure ulcer treatment in your facility, shouldn’t you take advantage of it?
One major cost to you: paperwork.
The first thing WoundRounds nurses notice is that WoundRounds eliminates a massive amount of paperwork. Our wound documentation solution is simple and user-friendly. The point-of-care handheld device captures wound images with an optional built-in camera, which are automatically embedded to the patient record and uploaded to a secure website, accessible via the internet, anytime, anywhere. Nurses and administrators no longer have to sift through files and worry whether patient information was documented correctly.
In a study published in the March 2012 edition of the Ostomy Wound Management journal, findings showed that when nurses use our simple and accurate wound care management solution, they can lower wound care costs and cut risk and liability. Furthermore, the facility in the study sustainably reduced facility-acquired pressure ulcers by 80%–an astonishing improvement in patient outcomes in any health care setting.
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1Eunice Park-Lee, Ph.D, and Christine Caffrey, Ph.D., Division of Health Care Statistics. Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web.
2Salcido, Richard, MD. Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care. Medscape Reference. Web.
3Pham B, Stern A, et al. Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Long-term Care. The Journal of the American Medical Association. Nov 14, 2011, Vol 171, No. 20. Web.
4Florczak, Beth, RN, MS, WCC, RAC-CT, et al. Ostomy Wound Management. 2012, 58(3): 46-51. Web.