Cheap Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

Nursing Home

Nursing Home (Photo credit: LOLren)

Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, usually develop on an immobile patient with nutrient deficiencies. In nursing homes, 24% of residents may develop them at some point. It’s estimated the total annual cost in the U.S. for treating them is $1.3 billion. 70% of ulcers occur in people over the age of 70 and hip fractures (a common injury when older people fall) increase the likelihood of developing one. A study from 2006 showed a 96% increase in healing for patients who consumed a liquid protein mix 3x a day. Lawsuits involving pressure ulcers are the second most common claim filed against nursing homes (after wrongful death but before falls). The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care ( published a nine-page manual titled “The High Cost of Poor Care: The Financial Case for Prevention in American Nursing Homes” which says by providing $56 heel protectors, one nursing home reduced pressure ulcers by 95% (30% of all pressure ulcers occur in the heel).

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