What is the incidence of heel pressure ulcers requiring wound care?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Zubin J Panthaki, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC  more...
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In another prospective study, Campbell et al determined the incidence of heel pressure ulcers in 150 orthopedic patients. The cohort consisted of patients who were admitted to an acute care hospital either for elective orthopedic surgery or for the treatment of a fractured hip. The incidence of heel pressure ulcers in all patients was 13.3%, and the incidence in patients with hip fractures was higher than that of elective surgery patients (16% vs 13%, respectively). However, patients with hip fractures in whom pillows and rolled sheets were used to relieve heel pressure had a significantly lower ulcer rate than did the other hip fracture patients. When all patients in the study were taken into account, the presence of respiratory disease was the only factor significantly associated with the development of pressure ulcers. [3]


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