Prevalence of pressure ulcers by race and ethnicity for older adults admitted to nursing homes

Susan Harms, Donna Z. Bliss, Judith Garrard, Kristen Cunanan, Kay Savik, Olga Gurvich, Christine Mueller, Jean F. Wyman, Lynn Eberly, Beth Virnig

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Abstract

Little is known about the prevalence of pressure ulcers (PUs) among racial and ethnic groups of older individuals admitted to nursing homes (NHs). NHs admitting higher percentages of minority individuals may face resource challenges for groups with more PUs or ones of greater severity. This study examined the prevalence of PUs (Stages 2 to 4) among older adults admitted to NHs by race and ethnicity at the individual, NH, and regional levels. Results show that the prevalence of PUs in Black older adults admitted to NHs was greater than that in Hispanic older adults, which were both greater than in White older adults. The PU rate among admissions of Black individuals was 1.7 times higher than White individuals. A higher prevalence of PUs was observed among NHs with a lower percentage of admissions of White individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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