1. Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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Pressure ulcers were present during 503,300 hospital stays in 2006, reported the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in December 2008. This represents a 78.9% increase over the 281,300 hospital stays linked to pressure ulcers in 1993.


Patients who understand their discharge instructions are 30% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or to visit the ED than are patients who don't know this information. And their costs are about $412 lower, too.