Bed sores are on the rise, despite being a Medicare "never" event

The news on bed sores is not good.

Hospital admissions increased by 15 percent between 1993 and 2006. The incidence of bed sores however, disproportionally jumped 79 percent.

Of course, Medicare wasted no time in making advanced bed sores a so-called “never” event, despite the fact there are no studies that guarantee total prevention.

In 2006 alone, over half a million patients developed bed sores associated with a hospital stay. The rising number of frail and elderly patients being admitted does not bode well for both the future of bed sore statistics, and the hospitals who are denied payment for treating these patients.

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