The cost of treating pressure ulcers following implementation of a research-based skin care protocol in a long-term care facility
NLM Title Abbreviation
Adv Wound Care
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.