The incidence of pressure ulcers among hospitalized patients in the U.S. was recently reported at 455,000. Frequent turning and repositioning of non-ambulatory patients is integral to pressure ulcer prevention.
In a recent 3S Consulting Group hosted survey, featured within the WOC Skin Health Weekly e-newsletter, approximately 66% of the wound and skin care clinical respondents reported that they have experienced pain or injury as a result of turning or repositioning a patient.
Of those, 91% reported the back as the area of the body that is most frequently impacted by injury.
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