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1. It is estimated that the average cost for district general hospitals due to pressure ulcers is in the region of £600,000 to £3 million every year.
NICE.org.uk - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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2. Doreen Norton was the first nurse who used research to show that a patient should be turned every two hours to reduce pressure.
Medical News Today - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

 

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3. 18.1% of a hospitals patient population may have a pressure ulcer at any one time (Clark, et al, 2002) (EPUAP Study).
The Nursing Times - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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4. Blanching erythema present over a bony prominence is often the first sign of pressure damage to a patient.
Nursing Center – Accessed on 05/07/2012

 
 
 

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5. Hospital Acquired Infections (HIA) are the direct cause of 5000 deaths and are the contributing cause of 15000 deaths in the UK each year.
MSc project by Ebenezer Eben-Spiff – Accessed on 05/07/2012.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there is roughly 1.7 Million cases of hospital-acquired infections in the US each year which contribute to 99000 deaths.
New York Times – Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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6. The average hospital acquired infection rate across the world is 10% (taken from a survey of World Health Organisation member counties).
World Health Organisation - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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7. The average hospital acquired infection attributable mortality rate across the world is 5% (taken from a survey of World Health Organisation member counties).
World Health Organisation - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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8. In Europe, 4,131,000 million patients are affected by hospital acquired infections every year.
World Health Organisation -- Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

 

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9. On average, a hospital acquired infection will add 5 to 25 days onto the length of a patients stay in hospital. World Health Organisation - Accessed on 05/07/2012

 

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10. In 2008, 334,221 bariatric surgery operations were performed by 4,680 bariatric surgeons (worldwide).