23 April 2020

Recent report shows that pressure ulcer occurrence varies greatly between regions in Sweden

The number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers decreases in Sweden

Every year, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR) presents the results of a survey detailing the number of pressure ulcer occurrences in Swedish hospitals and care units. New results from 2020 show that the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers has decreased to 7.8 percent, compared to 9,3 percent from last year's survey. 

– What's positive is that the number of patients with one or several wounds from all categories of pressure ulcers has decreased to 11,3 percent, compared to 12,3 percent in 2019, says Anne Lindeborg, Traning- and clinical nurse at Care of Sweden. 

There is also a variation between regions, where the differences can be as great as 1.4 percent in one region and up to 12 percent in the region with the highest number of occurrences. The report specifically mentions individualized care and preventative measures as keys to success. 

– Meanwhile, the number of patients at risk who receive a proper assessment within 24 hours is on the same level as last year; 54.3 percent. So if you look at the whole picture you realize that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, says Anne Lindeborg.

Care of Sweden is working hard every day, developing mattresses, positioning pillows, and seat cushions for healthcare. Recently we launched our latest innovation – the CuroCell® IQ, a mattress that enables individualized care without the need for manual adjustments. 

Source: SKL (Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner)

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