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Severe pressure sores

This measure tracks serious pressure sores - also called bedsores - that develop while a patient is in the hospital. Serious pressure sores are very deep, serious wounds that may cause pain and serious infections.

Pressure sores are caused by staying in one position for a long period of time. Patients who have poor circulation or who are unable to move have a higher risk of developing them. Hospitals can prevent pressure sores or keep them from getting worse by turning or moving patients often and by regularly checking and caring for the patient's skin. Average or lower rates of severe pressure sores may be a sign of that the hospital's health care professionals are carefully following practices to prevent their occurrence.

Severe Pressure Sores


July 2009- 
June 2011

MU Health Care 0.327 per 1,000 patient discharges
U.S. average 0.136 per 1,000 patient discharges

For the above table: Smaller numbers closer to zero are better.

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