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Bedsores linked to patient mortality rates

Nurse Leader Insider, October 5, 2012

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Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are a risk factor associated with morality in older patients, according to a study lead by The University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing. In a study of more than 51,000 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized in 2006 and 2007, researchers found that those patients who developed bedsores in a hospital were more likely to die during their stay. Those who survived were more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge.

Researchers noted that hospitals must identify high risk individuals and implement preventive interventions upon admission. Risk factors include existing chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and steroid use. The results of the study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Source: Daily News Los Angeles



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