Title

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

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1995

NLM Title Abbreviation

Adv Wound Care

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Advances in Wound Care

Start Page

36

End Page

45

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1247