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Body Mass Index, Weight, and Pressure Ulcer Prevalence: An Analysis of the 20062007 International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Surveys

VanGilder, Catherine BS, MT, MBA; MacFarlane, Gordon PhD; Meyer, Stephanie; Lachenbruch, Charlie PhD

Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000347449.83052.1a
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Abstract

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.

Author Information

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 (catherine.vangilder@hill-rom.com).

The project was funded by Hill-Rom, Inc.

Accepted for publication: June 8, 2008

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.