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Pressure Ulcer Prevention Can Save Costs

Trend | Cost of Care

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Can Save Costs

Pressure ulcer treatment can be as high as $150,000 and can add approximately $40,000 to a hospital stay.

Pressure ulcers affect 2.5 million patients annually, and approximately 60,000 patients die each year as a direct result of a pressure ulcer, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The complexity of pressure ulcer care requires a systematic approach that may require organizational changes, AHRQ notes in Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care .

The following conditions may indicate that a prevention program is necessary:

  • A significant increase in pressure ulcer rates
  • Notable adverse events that were pressure-ulcer related
  • Pressure-ulcer related legal actions targeted at a health organization

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