Status: Baseline only


Reduce the rate of pressure ulcer-related hospital admissions among older adults

Baseline: 836.9 pressure ulcer-related hospitalizations per 100,000 adults aged 65 years and over occurred in 2016

Target: 753.2 pressure ulcer-related hospitalizations per 100,000 adults

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Percent improvement


Pressure ulcers are very painful, and they can lead to life-threatening infections. Most people hospitalized for pressure ulcers in the United States are older adults. Appropriate care of older adults who are restricted to beds or wheelchairs can prevent most pressure ulcers — and finding and treating pressure ulcers early is key to preventing related hospitalizations.