Bed Sores – Statistics And Discussion

There are a variety of sources that discuss bed sores (also called bedsores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers).  Bed sores are a major health concern both for the direct and indirect (through complications) health care danger they can potentially cause.

The post of May 23, 2014 (“Bedsores Causes And Frequency“) discussed various aspects of bed sores, including the causes of bed sores as well as how often they occur.

An older data brief from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also contains valuable information concerning bed sores, including a variety of statistics and commentary.  This information is seen in the NCHS February 2009 Data Brief, titled “Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents:  United States, 2004.”

This data brief says that in 2004, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers (bed sores), and it says that “Stage 2” pressure ulcers were the most commonly occurring.

Perhaps the most worrisome part of this data brief was seen in a paragraph discussing the treatment and quality of treatment of bedsores.  An excerpt, as seen in the data brief: (bold added for emphasis)

Overall, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers in 2004. Various demographic and clinical factors were related to having a pressure ulcer in a nursing home. Residents in a nursing home for a year or less since admission, who had a recent weight loss, or who had high immobility had the highest prevalence of pressure ulcers. Among residents with a pressure ulcer of stage 2 or higher, 35% received special wound care services. This suggests that a minority of nursing home residents with stage 2 or higher pressure ulcers received wound care in accordance with the clinical practice guidelines. Pressure ulcers are serious and common medical conditions in U.S. nursing homes, and remain an important public health problem. Information from this Data Brief on pressure ulcer prevalence and service use among nursing home residents with pressure ulcers may provide a foundation for targeting public health efforts.

This NCHS Data Brief also contains various other commentary, including statistics concerning bed sores as well as other information that may be valuable in predicting who is most likely to get bed sores.

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