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Commentary on: Li Z, Lin F, Thalib L, et al. Global prevalence and incidence of pressure injuries in hospitalised adult patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud 2020;105:103546. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103546. [Epub ahead of print 31 Jan 2020].
Implications for practice and research
The estimated worldwide pressure injury (PI) prevalence is 12.8% in hospitalised adults.
Hospitals should continue to see PIs as a priority.
Future PI prevalence studies should ensure appropriate sampling methods and training for data collectors.
A pressure injury (PI) or pressure ulcer is localised skin and/or tissue damage which results from sustained pressure and/or shear.1 PIs have significant clinical and economic impact on the patient and healthcare systems with the potential to prolong hospitalisation and increase both morbidity and mortality.2 Despite extensive prevention programmes, evidence suggests that the prevalence of PIs and the economic burden continues to rise.3 This …
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