Link-age Launches Skin Health Initiative

Link-age Launches Skin Health Initiative

MASON, OhioJune 17, 2020 — Link-age Solutions, the group purchasing arm of the three interconnected companies of Link-age, announced Monday the launch of the Link-age Skin Health initiative. The Link-age Skin Health initiative is designed to help post-acute care providers better prevent and treat skin conditions, including pressure ulcers, among resident populations.

Link-age has partnered with a group of best-in-class providers of products and services that address skin health to support member-led efforts to improve skin health among residents. Supplier companies participating in the skin health initiative include: Medline Industries, Immersus Health Co., Smith+Nephew, First Quality, Abbott Laboratories, MediLogix, and Links Medical Products.

These suppliers are offering special promotional discounts and purchase programs, as well as new educational opportunities that support facility best practices.

“The organizations we serve are looking for effective products and services to fight the onset of any preventable condition,” stated Annette Hutchins, Dir. Strategic Accounts at Link·age. “The skin health solutions being offered here can help facilities reduce resident risk, address valuable prevention strategies, and drive down expenses by avoiding costlier, less efficacious treatments.”

Many nursing home residents suffer from wounds, including pressure ulcers and other skin ailments resulting from conditions such as diabetes. These wounds are a common cause of infection and can create further complications in a patient’s overall wellness. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, providers are eager to find solutions to preventable conditions and avoid risk of declining resident health, as well as organizational financial impact.

Studies have shown that around 50% of new pressure ulcers that develop in patients at skilled nursing facilities are designated “clearly preventable” or “likely preventable”, according to an analysis of the Office of Inspector General’s pressure ulcer data. With a rapidly growing population of older adults in the United States, Link-age has pursued these supply solutions that members can pair with expert medical care to better support skin health.

The promotional period will run from June 15 through September 30, 2020.

Link-age is a Mason, Ohio-based company with membership comprised of more than 450 senior living communities located across the United States. Link-age’s three interconnected companies – Solutions, Connect, and Ventures – work together to develop and deliver services that help senior living organizations focus on being successful in their commitment to their residents, employees, stakeholders, and communities.

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