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Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor Adds New Evidence-based Resources for Preventing Deadly, Costly Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Latest study warns pneumonia and sepsis caused by hospital-acquired conditions responsible for 48,000 deaths and cost $8.1 billion annually

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins announced today that it has added exceptional new resources to help prevent hospital-acquired conditions to Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor, an online evidence-based reference that allows instant access to trusted nursing clinical information. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, and pharmacy.

Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor provides nurses with updated, evidence-based, actionable and point-of-care ready best prevention practices for each of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMS) identified hospital-acquired conditions subject to non-payment, including:

  • Air embolism
  • Blood incompatibility errors
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
  • Deep vein thrombosis/Pulmonary embolism
  • Falls and trauma
  • Foreign object retained after surgery
  • Manifestations of poor glycemic control
  • Stage III and IV pressure ulcers
  • Surgical site infection following bariatric surgery
  • Surgical site infection following orthopedic procedures
  • Surgical site infection-Mediastinitis after coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Vascular catheter-associated infection

Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor is the point-of-care tool that allows a facility to include its own customized protocols, such as specific present-on-admission (POA) coding instructions. The added resources in Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor also give clear guidelines for what to do when prevention measures fail.

In its 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that medical errors, particularly hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), may be responsible for as many as 98,000 deaths annually, at costs of up to $29 billion. Additionally, a new study supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine warns pneumonia and sepsis alone caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and increased U.S. healthcare costs by $8.1 billion in 2006.

“Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor is a vital resource for hospitals faced with the challenge of preventing hospital-acquired conditions,” says Judy McCann, MSN, RN, and Chief Nursing Officer at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. “We offer the unique opportunity to not only ensure your staff has the CMMS evidence-based recommendations for hospital-acquired conditions at their fingertips but also a robust, evidence-based point-of-care reference tool with the capability to include your facility’s specific protocols.

Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor is designed to give nurses quick and efficient access to the specific information needed to provide optimal patient care, including expert content from the best-selling Nursing2011 Drug Handbook. Drug, disease, treatment, diagnostic test, care plan and signs and symptoms monographs provide essential information such as adverse reactions to a drug, pathophysiology of a disease, or an essential overview of a medical or surgical treatment. Unique customization features allow hospital protocols or critical notes pertaining to those areas to be added improving staff awareness, compliance and care standardization. This feature provides a valuable reference and training tool, customized to individual or system hospitals.

Institutions are also able to upgrade their subscriptions with integrated access to Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills or the comprehensive Wolters Kluwer Health Ovid Resource library for a complete nursing reference solution.

For more information or to request a free trial of Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor, contact Lippincott Williams & Wilkins at 1-800-326-1685 or visit us at www.lwwnursingsolutions.com.

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the  LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons®; and electronic information providers, such as Ovid®, UpToDate®, Medi-Span® and ProVation® Medical.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s leading, information-enabled tools and solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer has 2009 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.8 billion), employs approximately 19,300 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.