According to a study done by UCLA School of Nursing, bedsores or pressure ulcers can now predict prolong hospitalization or death of medicare patients.
The study about bedsores predicts mortality was based on the data from medical records that assessed impact of pressure ulcers or bedsores that are acquired from prolonged hospital. The study was the first of its kind to use such data.
It states that geriatric patients who developed bedsores were more likely to have prolonged hospital stay and reach death, or has bigger possibility of readmission shortly after 30 days from discharge.
Researchers have studied random patients hospitalized across
Dr. Courtney Lyder said that bedsores acquired from hospitals pose a risk factor associated to death. Hospitals must be vigilant upon which of the admitted patients have high risk for getting bedsores and should be given preventive measures upon admission.
Patients who have high risk of getting these hospital-acquired bedsores are those who have chronic conditions like pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity,congestive heart failure, and so on.
Researchers were challenged on how to achieve the data to justify bedsores predicts mortality since there are no databases to determine incidence of pressure ulcers on patients. They have acquired claim history of Medicare patients to track the cause of these pressure ulcers.
They have found out that bedsores were acquired by patients during hospital stay and almost 17 percent of them acquire a new bedsore on another part of the body during hospital stay. Usually these pressure ulcers are found on the buttocks, hips, and on the sacrum or tailbone.
This study opens the fact that hospital-acquired bedsores predicts mortality and thus patients needed to be monitored and give preventive methods to minimize these ulcers.
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