Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN; Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD
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Pieper B, Kirsner RS. Pressure Ulcers: Even the Grading of Facilities Fails. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159: 571-572. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-8-201310150-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(8): 571-572.
A pressure ulcer is a serious, painful, and costly problem for patients, with grave implications for families, clinicians, and health care institutions. Estimated to affect more than 7.5 million persons worldwide each year, pressure ulcers are a serious public health concern and a patient safety issue (1). They affect elderly patients, infirm patients, and those with mobility issues, and their estimated annual cost is $11 billion (2). To reduce the problem, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans public reporting of institutional rates and financial penalties for poor performers (3). But what is a poor performer, and why? The study by Meddings and colleagues in this issue (4) shows deficiencies in our ability to identify highly and poorly performing institutions. The causes of these reporting deficiencies are also the reasons for poor performance in preventing ulcers: lack of knowledge and a lack of attention among health care providers.
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