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One in Ten Nursing Home Residents Had Pressure Sores

In a February 2009 report from the Department of Health and Human Resource’s center, it was revealed that one in ten residents in nursing homes in 2004 suffered from pressure sores. The report stated that residents aged 64 years and under were more likely than older residents to have pressure ulcers, which is a reflection of nursing home negligence. Additionally, residents of nursing homes for a year or less were more likely to have bed sores than those with longer stays. The nursing homes are also not doing a good job at caring for those pressure sores. The report found that only 35 percent of nursing home residents with stage 2 or higher (more severe) pressure ulcers received special wound care services in 2004. The report reflects that unnecessary pressure sores are occurring in younger people who are there for short periods but also that the nursing homes are not aggressively treating them. To read more about this nursing home report, click here.