Pressure ulcers, previously known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers, are localized injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissue. Put simply, they occur when skin integrity is compromised — for example, when blood flow is completely or partially obstructed due to applied pressure or pressure in combination with shear. Most commonly, pressure ulcers develop over bony prominences in individuals who are limited in their mobility or confined to wheelchairs.
Pressure ulcers frequently occur in all care settings and are painful, costly, and often preventable. In addition to posing serious health-related risks, pressure ulcers can have a significant financial impact on healthcare providers, with average treatment costs associated with stage IV hospital acquired pressure ulcers and related complications reaching $129,2481.
Evidence has shown that the best treatment for pressure ulcers is prevention, but we also understand the realities of care. We work in accord with industry organizations like the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) to offer safe and effective solutions for both prevention and treatment.
- Brem, H. and Maggi, J. et al, High cost of stage IV pressure ulcers. Am J Surg. 2010 Oct;200(4):473-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2009.12.021.
Additional resources: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). Cambridge Media: Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.