The cost of treating pressure ulcers following implementation of a research-based skin care protocol in a long-term care facility

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Peer Reviewed


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NLM Title Abbreviation

Adv Wound Care

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Advances in Wound Care


Although concern for the costs associated with pressure ulcer treatments persists, studies that precisely quantify costs are limited. A retrospective research design was used to describe the costs incurred by an 830-bed, long-term care facility to treat 81 pressure ulcers over a one-year period following implementation of a research-based, skin care protocol. The total cost for the study period was $30,079 with 73% of these expenditures attributable to nursing care. Mean cost of treatment was $3.74/pressure ulcer/day, which was a reduction from the $5.35/pressure ulcer/day cost prior to implementation of the skin care protocol. These findings suggest that implementing a research-based, skin care protocol can promote a reduction in treatment costs.


Pressure Ulcer -- Therapy, Costs and Cost Analysis, Nursing Homes, Case Control Studies, Descriptive Research, Midwestern United States, Record Review, Analysis of Variance, Pressure Ulcer -- Classification, Pressure Ulcer -- Education, Wound Care -- Trends, Cost Benefit Analysis, Nursing Practice, Research-Based, Nursing Protocols -- Utilization, Skin Care, Adult, Middle Age, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Male, Female, Human

Published Article/Book Citation

Advances in Wound Care, 8:1 (1995) pp.36-45.

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