UCLA Study Links Bedsores to Higher Risk for Mortality
Seniors who develop pressure ulcers or bedsores in a hospital tend to have higher mortality rates and are more likely to require longer hospital stays or be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, according to a study by UCLA School of Nursing researchers. The study -- published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society -- is believed to be the first of its kind to use patients' medical records to examine the effects of bedsores.
- "UCLA-Led Study Finds Direct Link Between Hospital Bedsores and Patient Mortality" (Los Angeles Daily News, 10/1).
- "New UCLA Study Reports Bedsores Can Be Fatal" (Wulffson, Los Angeles Examiner, 10/1).