Extent of pressure ulcers

The sacrum is usually reported as the most common location for pressure ulcers in most care settings, the heel often reported as second most common location; recent trend data suggests that incidence of heel ulcers is rising. More recently an emerging topic has been that of medical device related pressure ulcers with one report3 stating that:

  • 1.4% patients had a Medical Device Related (MDR) PU
  • Out of 113 PU’s 39 (34.5%) were MDR
  • Patients with medical devices were 2.4 times more likely to develop a PU