Study Finds High Incidence of Pressure Sores in Elderly Patients With Hip Injuries

By Nursing Home Law Center

Hip Injury Bedsore Prevalence

A study from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London found that elderly patients who enter hospitals with hip injuries are at a high risk of developing pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers.

The study took place at an inner-city hospital in the East End of London. Of the 283 patients included in the study, 90 (32 percent) developed bed sores during their stay. Most patients were women over the age of 70, who been admitted with hip fractures.

The most common bed sore locations were the sacrum (a triangular bone at the base of the spine), heels and buttocks. A majority of the pressure sores began soon after admission, particularly on patients’ operation days. Of the patients with pressure sores, 34 percent developed ulcers within the first week, and 24 percent developed ulcers within the second week.

The study highly recommends that elderly patients be attended to by a rotating staff surgeons and nurses. According to the study, “effective management of the elderly patient with pressure sores requires more expertise than a nurse alone can offer”.

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