Nursing home pressure ulcer rates topped 11% in 2004, new report finds

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Nursing home pressure ulcer rates topped 11% in 2004, new report finds
Nursing home pressure ulcer rates topped 11% in 2004, new report finds
More than one in 10 nursing home residents had a pressure ulcer in 2004, according to newly released statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Key findings from the report show that roughly 159,000 nursing home residents—11% of the total—had some form of pressure ulcer that year. Stage two pressure ulcers were the most prevalent, the report found. Younger residents who experienced shorter lengths of stay also were more likely to have pressure ulcers. A total of 35% of those with pressure ulcers stage two or higher (more severe) received special wound care treatment, according to the CDC. There were no significant differences in pressure ulcer rates between white and non-white residents, according to the report.

The report, "Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004," was released Wednesday. Authors gathered data for the report from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, which sampled responses from more than 14,000 nursing home residents around the country. The CDC report can be found online at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/upcoming.htm.