Preventing Pressure Ulcers

Posted by LTCS on June 11, 2013

Skin Care Treatment to Prevent Pressure UlcersIn 2004, about 11% of long term care residents had pressure ulcers, and Stage 2 pressure ulcers were the most common, according to a report from CDC, The Centers for Disease Control.

Other findings from the report include:

Pressure ulcers are more likely to develop in residents under 64 years of age or who have been in the facility for less than one year.

20% of residents with a recent weight loss develop pressure ulcers.

Only 35% of residents with a Stage 2 pressure ulcer or higher receive special wound care services – a surprisingly high rate of practice not in accordance with the clinical practice guidelines.

Section M, Skin Conditions