According to 2014 data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than 2,000 of 16,000 long-term care facilities across the U.S. were cited for failure to properly treat a resident to prevent new bedsores or heal existing ones. If such issues are not corrected and skin breakdown occurs, facilities are subject to penalties. More than 17,000 lawsuits are filed annually due to pressure ulcers, second only to wrongful death in health lawsuits filed. An estimated 1.5 million skin tears occur annually in older institutionalized adults in the U.S.

Clinicians need a solution that speaks not only to prevention, but one that also is designed to address the treatment of varying skin breakdown. Protocols exist but oftentimes lack context, consistency and versatility.

Medline Industries’ holistic skin health initiative Skintegrity recognizes healthy skin is as important as a healthy heart, brain or lungs. It represents a long-term, sustainable approach that encourages attention to the health of a patient’s skin during all key points of care and at every life stage.

Because every person’s skin is unique and may react differently to conditions like friction and shear, Skintegrity is designed to meet a patient’s individual needs. The program features personalized clinical education for assessing skin changes, a portfolio of evidence-based products for care and treatment, and easy-to-use outcomes management tools that pinpoint where gaps in skin care occur.

Learn more about Skintegrity at: http://www.medline.com/clinical-solutions/skin-health/skintegrity