Limited Evidence for Pressure Ulcer Prevention or Treatment Methods

June 7, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Although risk assessment tools can help providers better identify patients and residents at risk for developing pressure ulcers than relying on clinical judgment alone, a corresponding reduction in pressure ulcer incidence has not yet been demonstrated, according to Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment and Prevention: Comparative Effectiveness, a literature review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The review included 122 studies published over nearly 60 years; it was not limited to a particular setting, but most studies pertained to adults at high risk for pressure ulcers in acute care or long-term care settings.

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