Pressure sores rising in LTC

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Preventive policies are credited for lowering pressure injuries in hospitals by about half over the past decade, even as long-term care rates rose, a new analysis found.

In 2006, “facility-acquired prevalence,” which looks at new pressure injuries at the hospital or other acute-care settings, was at 6.2%. By 2015, it had dropped to 3.4%, per the International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence™ Survey. 

However, long-term care-acquired rates rose from 3.8% in 2013 to 5.4% in 2015.

Results were published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing