What is the incidence of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers) in the US?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Pressure injuries are common among patients hospitalized in acute- and chronic-care facilities. It has been estimated that about 1 million pressure injuries occur in the United States; however, definitive information on the epidemiology and natural history of this condition is still limited. Unfortunately, studies to date have been encumbered by methodologic issues and variability in describing the lesions. [7, 25]

Reported incidences of pressure injuries in hospitalized patients range from 2.7% to 29%, and reported prevalences in hospitalized patients range from 3.5% to 69%. [26, 27, 28, 29, 30] Patients in critical care units have an increased risk of pressure injuries, as evidenced by a 33% incidence and a 41% prevalence. [31, 32]


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