prevalence, incidence, skin surveillance, facility-acquired prevalence/incidence



  1. Anderson, Julie PhD, RN
  2. Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Hanson, Darlene MS, RN
  4. Thompson, Patricia A. MS, RN
  5. Hunter, Susan M. MSN, RN


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with knowledge of planning, conducting, and interpreting prevalence and incidence for the wound practitioner.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Demonstrate knowledge of types of prevalence and incidence rates and the benefits of incorporating a prevalence and incidence team in a healthcare facility.


2. Apply information of how to start a prevalence and incidence team and scenarios of how to handle data collection situations as they arise.


ABSTRACT: Prevalence is a 1-time "snapshot" of cases present on a specific date, and incidence measures the new cases of a disease or condition in a given period. This article discusses prevalence and incidence and gives practical tips for wound care practitioners who plan and conduct prevalence/incidence audits.