Journal article

The direct cost of pressure injuries in an Australian residential aged care setting

Lauren Wilson, Suzanne Kapp, Nick Santamaria

INTERNATIONAL WOUND JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Pressure injuries have a negative effect on well-being and the cost of treatment places a significant burden on the health care system. Research has, however, tended to extrapolate or estimate the cost of pressure injuries resulting in uncertainty regarding the true cost of this condition. The aim of this prospective observational study was to quantify the cost of pressure injury treatment in the Australian residential aged care setting. An electronic health care record audit and observation of usual pressure injury treatment was undertaken with a sample of 20 participants who had 23 pressure injuries. The actual treatment cost, an evidence-based practice model cost, and a projected treatmen..

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