New Study Links Patient Mortality and Frequent Hospitalization to Bed Sores

A new clinical study through the UCLA School of Nursing has found a direct correlation between pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, decubitus sores, and bed sores) and patient mortality and increased hospitalization.The study, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, permitted researches to view data on over 50,000 Medicare patients.

According to the study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, individuals who developed pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, decubitus sores, and bed sores) were more likely to die during their hospital stay, have generally longer hospital lengths of stay, and have a greater likelihood of being readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

The study found that 4.5 percent of the patients tracked acquired a pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, decubitus sores, and bed sores) while in the hospital. Additionally, of the nearly 3,000 individuals who entered the hospital with a pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, decubitus sores, and bed sores), 16.7 percent developed at least one additional bed sore during their hospitalization. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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