As seen in ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management magazine…
Pressure ulcers are a significant, common and costly medical problem in long-term care residents. Residents with PUs have decreased quality of life and increased morbidity and mortality rates. Reported PU prevalence rates range from 2.3 percent to 28 percent, and reported PU incidence rates range from 2.2 percent to 23.9 percent in LTCFs.
Facilities that have implemented comprehensive PU-prevention protocols have demonstrated a decrease in incidence of PUs. PU-prevention protocols may reduce costs associated with treating PUs, improve resident quality of life and decrease the risk of litigation.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel offers the following guidelines to help facilities and nursing staff prevent and manage pressure ulcers.
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