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Older patients with pressure ulcers stay longer in hospital

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Older hospitals patients with pressure ulcers stay significantly longer than other older patients, say German researchers from University Hospital Aachen.

They assessed quality indicator data recorded by nurses on 3,198 patients aged over 75.

They found 7.1% had an ulcer while in hospital and these patients stayed 19 days compared to 9.9 days for other older patients.

They said: “Pressure ulcers during hospitalisation are an independent and significant predictor of a prolonged inpatient stay.”

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  • Am I missing something here?
    Surely it does not require 'research' to confirm that patients who have pressure ulcers need to remain in hospital longer, to facilitate healing.
    Pressure ulcers are caused by abuse, in the form of neglect and staff have not met the patient's needs, if they have allowed a presure ulcer to develop. Therefore, the patient should rightly be cared for at the hospital's expense, until the ulcers have healed. Unfortunately, the hospital often discharge patients with pressure ulcers, seemingly with no embarrassment that they have neglected them and leave other agencies to pay towards the recovery of the patient.

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