What is the overall prevalence of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers) in hospital settings 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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The fifth National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey, conducted in 1999 among patients in acute care hospitals, showed an overall prevalence of 14.8%, with 7.1% of ulcers having occurred during that hospital visit. [33] Of the various hospital settings, intensive care units (ICUs) had the highest prevalence, at 21.5%. The largest single age group of patients with pressure injuries consisted of patients aged 71-80 years (29%).

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