Pressure Ulcers

Pressure Ulcers Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pressure ulcers are a common problem across health care settings. The incidence of pressure ulcers varies by clinical setting: 0.4% to 38.0% for hospitals, 2.2% to 23.9% for long-term care, and 0% to 17% for home care, according to a 2003 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.   

The estimated cost to treat a pressure ulcer is between $500 and $40,000. Yet, pressure ulcers can be managed and prevented. 

The featured Innovations describe two programs that reduced hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by implementing new quality improvement measures. 

The featured QualityTools provide practitioners with practical resources to prevent and reduce pressure ulcers.

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