Journal Reports National Findings of Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Pressure Sores

The Journal of Nursing Care Quality recently reported on the relationships among pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) prevalence, body mass index (BMI), and weight.

The report analyzed the United States data from the 2006 and 2007 International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence™ Surveys. Findings indicated an overall reduction in pressure ulcer prevalence from 2004 and 2005 to 2006 and 2007. Also, there was a higher prevalence of pressure ulcers in patients with low BMI and patients with both low and high weights. One in 10 patients were extremely obese. For more, order the report.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.