Pressure Ulcers Are A Serious Problem

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Pressure ulcers are a serious problem in the medical world today. They affect millions of people and cost medical facilities billions of dollars annually. In order to help prevent pressure ulcers, it is important to understand how and why they happen, the risk factors involved for patients and what can be done to prevent them. Many studies have been done to assess different techniques for preventing and treating pressure ulcers. In addition to using the best medical products, it has been found that proper education for the nurse and the patient plays an integral role in the prevention and treatment of ulcers. This paper will discuss evidence based practice, the nursing role, and client education in pressure ulcer formation and healing.
Pressure ulcers account for nearly $11 billion of medical costs annually in the United States. They pose a large challenge for the healthcare system as nearly 2.5 million are treated annually. (Cushing, 2013, p. 1720). In addition to the large cost associated with treating pressure sores, healthcare facilities must consider the legal ramifications associated with nosocomial pressure ulcers. “Nursing home lawsuits are becoming the fastest growing segment of healthcare litigation and are edging to the top of the claims list (Shannon, 2012, p. 451). Nursing homes can be fined from $1,000 to $10,000 if they are found to be noncompliant with federal guidelines regarding prevention of pressure ulcers. Due to their common occurrence and the…

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