What are the racial predilections of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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A study by Howard and Taylor found the incidence of pressure injuries in nursing home residents in the southeastern United States to be higher in black patients than in white ones. [52] The authors examined data from 113,869 nursing home residents, none of whom had pressure injuries at nursing home admission. They determined that 4.7% of black residents developed postadmission ulcerations, compared with 3.4% of white residents.

In addition, the racial differences in pressure injury incidence displayed a sex predilection based on patient characteristics. [52] The variation in incidence between black and white males was noted in residents who were dependent in mobility, whereas the difference in incidence between black and white females was noted in residents who were bedfast and living in nursing homes with fewer than 200 beds.


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