What is the incidence of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers) among elderly persons 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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Elderly patients admitted to acute care hospitals for nonelective orthopedic procedures are at even greater risk for pressure injuries than other hospitalized patients are, with a 66% incidence. [34, 35] In a study of 658 patients aged 65 years or older who underwent surgery for hip fracture, Baumgarten et al found that 36.1% developed an acquired pressure injury within 32 days after hospital admission. [36]


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