March 10, 2017
Two Organizations Join Forces in the Fight Against the Occurrence of Bed Sores, a.k.a, Pressure Injuries, Pressure Ulcers
Striving to make pressure injuries, commonly known as “pressure ulcers” or “bed sores”, a thing of the past, two organizations, Centers Health Care and the Institute For Pressure Injury Prevention (IPIP) held a summit at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey on March 7, 2017 designed to educate health care professionals about the clinical and the social day-to-day techniques geared to stop pressure injuries from occurring. Both of these organizations have one major common vital interest and that is to completely put an end to this national and internationally known epidemic. Pressure injuries have become a widespread health tragedy equaling to more than 200,000 cases per year in the United States alone, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“We have come together for one common goal and that is to prevent pressure injuries before they occur,” said Roya Agahi, R.N., MsHCM, WCC, Chief Clinical Officer of Centers Health Care. “The goal of our two companies is to eradicate pressure injuries throughout all healthcare facilities.”
Ms. Agahi, along with a number of leaders from the IPIP including Gvira Milworm, Chief Process Officer, Professor Amit Gefen, Ph.D., Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, and Professors Joyce Black, Ph.D,, RN, and Professor Janet Cuddigan, RN, both from the University of Nebraska presented their expertise in wound care.
Centers Health Care, a large continuum of over 33 nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in the northeast, and IPIP, a global health care educational organization comprised of internationally-known wound care physicians working towards the goal of stopping the occurrence of deadly pressure injuries. In addition to the presentations given, both companies launched the first book of a new Journal series called, “Pressure Injuries Are Preventable”, a 52-page book written by some of the top international leaders in the field of wound care and pressure injuries and designed for anyone who wants to learn about pressure injuries. The book was created by both Centers Health Care and the IPIP.
Dr. Michael Cioroiu, Surgeon and Director of The Wound Healing Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ, attended the summit and was impressed about the information offered.
“The materials about the prevention of pressure injuries presented at this summit was invaluable,” said Dr. Cioroiu. “These common occurrences with bedridden seniors presents an everyday challenge to all nursing home and rehabilitation facilities so I tip my hat to Centers Health Care and the IPIP for being on the forefront of this important issue. It was a real pleasure listening to world pressure prevention experts.”
Kenny Rozenberg, President and CEO of Centers Health Care, who lead the day’s talks, was the earliest proponent of forming the unique relationship between the company and the IPIP.
“Today was a historical day in the fight against the onset of pressure injuries,” Mr. Rozenberg said. “Centers Health Care and the IPIP take the dangers and concerns regarding pressure injuries extremely seriously. It begins with proper training of our staff and it’s first and foremost a top-line examination with every single resident by all of our nurses and other medical staff personnel throughout all of our 33 facilities.”