The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention to help nursing homes with electronic medical records reduce the occurrence of in-house pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers remain a serious problem in nursing homes despite regulatory and market approaches to encourage prevention and treatment. Pressure ulcers cause pain, disfigurement, and increased infection risk and are associated with longer hospital stays and increased morbidity and mortality. Median annual nursing home pressure ulcer prevalence was 7.5 percent in 2009, with associated costs of $3.3 billion annually.
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