What is the incidence and mortality rate of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Among patients with neurologic impairments, pressure injuries occur with an incidence of 7-8% annually, [41] with a lifetime risk estimated to be 25-85%. [42] Moreover, pressure injuries are listed as the direct cause of death in 7-8% of all individuals with paraplegia; these individuals also have the highest recurrence rate (80%). [43] In persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) and associated comorbidity, the incidence of pressure injuries is in the range of 25-66%. [44, 45, 46, 47]


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