Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pressure Sore Incidence

Facts about decubitus ulcer:

  • Over 2 million people develop decubitus ulcers each year in the US.
  • Decubitus ulcers develop in about 10% of hospitalized patients.
  • Decubitus ulcers develop in nearly 25% of nursing home patients.
  • The elderly are at greatest risk for pressure sores.

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Last Updated: Apr 1, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pressure Sore References
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