Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare’s Regional VP of Pressure Prevention to Speak at Alpine Rehab Conference

Port Washington, NY – September 18, 2018

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare announced that Karen Lerner, Regional VP of Pressure Prevention, will speak at the Alpine Rehab Conference at DoubleTree Salt Lake City Airport Hotel on October 4‐5.

During the two‐day conference, Lerner, RN, MSN, ATP and CWS, will discuss topics concerning pressure injuries and wound care in bariatric patients, support surfaces, fall prevention, Medicare and insurance.

In Lerner’s first course, “Befuddled about Support Surfaces? Become an Expert”, she will discuss the importance of knowing how and when to recommend and evaluate the clinical effectiveness and efficacy of various support surfaces to help healthcare professionals prevent pressure injuries and help these kinds of injuries heal faster.

“Pressure redistribution is paramount to preventing and treating pressure injuries, but there is little training on how and when to use support surfaces,” she said. “Proper use and procurement of these products requires a multi‐disciplinary approach.”

Lerner will build upon the topic of pressure prevention and what that looks like for healthcare professionals caring for their bariatric patients in her next course, “Bariatrics: Pressure Injuries and Wound Care Considerations.” Like very underweight patients, the bariatric patient is also at risk for developing skin conditions that can be difficult and costly to resolve. Lerner will present strategies and evidence to enhance the chance of successful outcomes for clinicians and providers who care for these patients, while also touching on the dynamics of bariatrics, solutions for choosing appropriate equipment, caring for the bariatric patient’s skin, and more.

Course three, entitled “Unscrambling the Medicare and Insurance Mystery: How to Procure DME for Your Clients/Patients”, will inform healthcare professionals of the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) policies for commonly‐ordered durable medical equipment (DME)/rehab equipment, such as mobility assistive devices, beds, support surfaces and patient transfer devices. It will also define what clinicians need to know and document to help procure the products for their patients.

Lerner’s final course, “Evidence‐Based Fall Prevention”, will review the available evidence of various fall prevention systems implemented through the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), American Nurses Association (ANA) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to effectively decrease falls and fall‐related injuries in older adults.

The Alpine Rehab Conference is an annual event that allows physical and occupational therapists the opportunity to earn up to 1.3 CEU’s and learn about the latest rehab technology, procedures and information.

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About Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

Headquartered in Port Washington, New York, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare manufactures a complete line of medical products, including mobility products, sleep and respiratory products, beds, bariatric products, wheelchairs, sleep surfaces and pressure prevention products, self‐assist products, power For Immediate Release operated wheelchairs, rehabilitation products, resident room equipment, personal care products and electrotherapy devices. Currently, the Company has corporate offices, manufacturing facilities and distribution facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Romania, Australia, the Netherlands and India. The Company markets its products to customers located throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, visit


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