Sobering Bed Sore Statistics Regarding Prevalence, Infection & Death

By Nursing Home Law Center

Bedsore Statistics

A recent report from gives several alarming statistics about the incidence of bed sores, or decubitus ulcers, in American hospitals. Among the Web site’s findings:

  • 34,319 people die annually as a result of complications from bed sores
  • 474,692 bed sores occur in hospitals every year
  • 7 percent of people with bed sores die as a result of their infections

Wrong diagnosis goes on to say that 94 people die every day as a result of severe bed sores, at a rate of three people per hour. Why isn’t more attention given to this deadly — yet preventable medical condition?

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