To assess the relationships among pressure ulcer prevalence, body mass index (BMI), and weight, this report analyzed the US data from the 2006 and 2007 International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence™ Surveys. Findings indicated an overall reduction in pressure ulcer prevalence from 2004 and 2005 to 2006 and 2007; there was a higher prevalence of pressure ulcers in patients with low BMI and patients with both low and high weights. One in 10 patients were extremely obese.
Hill-Rom, State Route 46 East, Batesville, Indiana.
Corresponding Author: Catherine VanGilder, BS, MT, MBA, Hill-Rom, Inc, 1069 State Rte 46 E, Batesville, IN 47006 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The project was funded by Hill-Rom, Inc.
Accepted for publication: June 8, 2008