Senate Bill S-2878

Dear Senator: I am writing to you regarding Senate Bill S-2878, Minimum CNA Staffing Requirements for Nursing Homes.  It has been brought to my attention that a proponent of this bill, the AARP, contends that a contributing factor of wound care and pressure sores in nursing homes is due to the lack of Certified Nurses Aides (CNA). As the President of Wound Care Specialist of New Jersey, a company that specializes in the treatment and care of wounds for nursing home residents, I can assure you that the treatment of wounds is a complicated process involving several different healthcare professionals. The cause of wounds is a result of a resident’s medical condition, his/her multiple diagnoses or co-morbidities, and less likely the number of a particular kind of staff that may or may not be employed by a nursing home. There is no correlation between the number of staff and the number and frequency of wounds in a nursing home. The treatment of wounds in the nursing home requires the services of a properly trained and experienced nursing professional, preferably a Register Nurse (RN), and a certified and experienced nutritionist,  both coordinating their efforts under the guidance of properly trained medical physicians. Wounds need to be treated, measured, and assessed properly in order to heal. The resident’s diet requires a proper assessment and monitoring to promote healing as well for wound prevention. The physician is required to assess the wound and prescribe the medications and treatment types to heal the wound […]