Pressure Ulcers

Experts Aim to Cut the Costs of Pressure Ulcers

January 7, 2016

Pressure ulcers resulting from factors such as immobility by elderly patients and residents in hospitals and care homes can have serious medical consequences, requiring plastic surgery in extreme cases.

Experts Share Best Practices in Preventing Pressure Ulcers

June 6, 2015

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers are a costly, adverse event. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel estimates that U.S. healthcare systems spend $11 billion treating each year treating pressure ulcers; the cost to treat each pressure ulcer and related complications can range from $500 to $70,000.  Outside of the financial cost, pressure ulcers can have a devastating effect on patients—from the risk of developing cellulitis or infection of joints and blood, to increased length of stay and higher risk of death from associated complications.

'Smart Bandage' Detects Pressure Ulcers Before They are Visible

March 17, 2015

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible.

Pressure Ulcers: Tips for Treatment, Prevention

July 13, 2014

Stage III and IV pressure ulcers, which cause significant patient morbidity and generate substantial treatment costs, are among the hospital-acquired conditions considered to be preventable by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service