Province Requires Long-term Care Facilities to Report Pressure Wounds

Health and Wellness

June 14, 2018 10:36 AM

The Department of Health and Wellness is taking action to improve wound care in long-term care facilities and ensure consistent standards across the province.

The following actions have been taken:
-- all long-term care facilities have been asked to immediately report all current pressure wounds to the department
-- all facilities must also report all serious pressure ulcers, referred to as level three and four, to the department
-- facilities are already required to have wound care protocols in place. The department is working to standardize the protocols across the province

These reporting requirements will improve tracking and oversight of wound care for residents in long-term care facilities.

“Nova Scotians and their families need to have confidence in the quality of care being provided in nursing homes,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “These steps will help address issues in wound care across the province.”

The department will use the data collected to help decide on further actions and will continue to work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, clinical experts in wound care and care providers to consider additional steps.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Department of Health and Wellness announced today (June

14th) that it is taking action to improve wound care in long-

term care facilities and ensure consistent standards across the

province.

     Facilities have been asked to immediately report all

current pressure wounds to the department.

     All long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia must now also

report serious pressure ulcers, referred to as level three and

four.

     The department is also working to standardize wound care

protocols across the province.

     The department will use the data collected to help decide

on further actions, and will continue to work with

the Nova Scotia Health Authority, clinical experts in wound care

and care providers to consider additional steps.

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Media Contacts: Tracy Barron
                902-424-4616
                Email: tracy.barron@novascotia.ca