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J Wound Care. 2000 Jun;9(6):261-6.

How effective are prevention strategies in reducing the prevalence of pressure ulcers?

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  • 1School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, UK.


The prevalence of pressure ulcers has remained constant at about 7% over the past 20 years, even though considerable time and money has been invested in various prevention strategies. This literature review explores whether pressure-prevention programmes can reduce the prevalence rate still lower or whether they are working but are limited by an increasingly aged population and rising patient acuity.

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