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Nova Scotia: Nursing Homes To Report Bedsores

Herald News writes: The Department of Health has begun requiring every licensed nursing home in the province to report the incidence of bedsores (pressure ulcers or pressure wounds). The province has not decided yet whether the new measure will be permanent – at this stage, they are requiring immediate mandatory one-time reporting of all pressure wounds, and then ongoing reporting of stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers in real time in long-term care facilities. Hospitals report the prevalence of bedsores, and those numbers are available to the public through the Canadian Institute for Health Information. But nursing homes in Nova Scotia have not been required to do so. In Ontario, Health Quality Ontario makes information about the rate of bedsores among residents for each nursing home available to the public.

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