Infographic: The Financial Impact of Pressure Injuries

John Maynard
Product Manager, Ostomy and Wound Care | Shield HealthCare
04/06/16  3:27 PM PST
Pressure Ulcers

Pressure injuries (also known as pressure ulcers) affect 3 million adults at an annual cost to the U.S. healthcare system of more than $11 billion. What’s more, nearly 60,000 patients die each year as a direct result of a pressure injury (PI). Indeed, they are a major health problem, and with increasing health care costs, an aging population and a sharp rise in diabetes and obesity, the burden—and toll—of PI will likely grow.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. In fact, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services there were more than 257,000 preventable pressure ulcers in 2007, and the agency’s policies reflect this finding. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer reimburses for Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries, and federal regulations allow surveyors to impose fines and withhold federal reimbursement for failure to implement and document evidence-based practice for PI.

This suggests that, more than ever, implementing a plan that integrates an evidence-based practice for pressure injury prevention should be a top priority. Such programs improve the quality of care, yield better outcomes, and help manage healthcare costs.

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Please click on the image below to see more statistics about pressure injuries and their impact on healthcare.

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