Otherwise, the resources are either short or unavailable. These situations tend to make gains in pressure ulcer care quickly vanish (Cuddigan et al.).

Lastly, national records on pressure ulcer rates have remained incomplete and unreliable (Cuddigan et al. 2001). Hospital discharge records do not all reflect or include pressure ulcer cases even if the patients reach Stage III or IV. In addition, these records are unable to recognize and tally the difference between pressure ulcers at different stages and complications already present on admission. It is still a fact that pressure ulcer rates in these databases remain lower than those gathered in clinical studies, indicating the inaccuracy of the databases. Yet valid and complete information from these national databases is needed to provide accurate feedback to providers. They form the basis for sound clinical, educational and public policy decisions for the future (Cuddigan et al.).


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