ANDREA MILLMAN, M.S.N., R.N., C.; PAMELA JONES, M.S.N., R.N., C.S.
To the editor: In the September issue, Allman and colleagues (1) describe a cross-sectional survey of hospitalized patients and factors associated with these patients having a pressure sore in the hospital. They suggest that hypoalbuminemia, fecal incontinence, and fractures may identify patients at greatest risk for pressure sores.
During our 1983 study of 55 hospitalized patients with pressure sores, we also noted hypoalbuminemia (in 27 patients) and fecal incontinence (in 44 patients) as highly prevalent in these patients (2). However, we did not find a high prevalence of fractures. We did note that bed positioning was limited for 53 patients
MILLMAN A, JONES P. Pressure Sores in Geriatric Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;106:165. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-1-165_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(1):165.
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