The prevalence of pressure ulcers in a tertiary care pediatric and adult hospital
prevalence, pressure ulcer, acute care, adults, children
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, formerly the AHCRP), the occurrence of pressure ulcers in acute care facilities continues to be a significant healthcare problem. The frail elderly, the very young, and patients undergoing lengthy operative procedures are especially at risk. Pressure ulcers are costly in terms of patient morbidity and mortality, quality of life, and consumption of healthcare resources. For nurses working in acute care settings, the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in their patients remains an important nursing care concern, which will increase as the population of frail elderly in acute care increases.
Groeneveld, A., Allen, S., Anderson, M., Bressmer, S., Goldberg, M., Magee, B., Milner, M., Young, S. (2004). The prevalence of pressure ulcers in a tertiary-care pediatric and adult hospital. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 31(3), 108-116.
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