What is the prevalence of pressure ulcers requiring wound care among patients residing in long-term care facilities?

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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The prevalence of pressure ulcers among patients residing in long-term care facilities has been reported as anywhere from 2.3-28% and has been an increasingly common reason for litigation. [4, 5, 6, 7, 8] The presence of a pressure ulcer increases a nurse's workload for that patient by 50% and adds approximately $20,000 to the hospital bill. The treatment of pressure ulcers in the United States is estimated to cost more than $1 billion annually.


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