People with schizophrenia are more likely to suffer from hospital-related injuries during admission than other patients, a large scale US study has found.
Researchers studied discharge records from 269,387 admissions involving schizophrenia and more than 37 million admissions that did not between 2002 and 2007.
They found schizophrenia patients were at increased risk of injuries including pressure ulcers, infections and blood poisoning.
For example there were 36.6 incidences of bedsores per 1,000 admissions for those with schizophrenia compared to 27.7 for those without.
The research was published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.