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Chronic care: Stage 1-4 pressure ulcer prevalence.

Measure Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nursing Home Quality Initiative.


1.90a Nursing facility care: Chronic care: Percent of residents with pressure sores, by state, 2002.

1.90b Nursing facility care: Chronic care: Percent of residents with pressure sores (with adjustment for facility admission profile over past year), by state, 2002.

Data Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Data from the Minimum Data Set. Downloaded from the CMS Nursing Home Compare web site November 2002:


Chronic care residents with a valid target assessment.


Residents with pressure ulcers (Stage 1-4) on target assessment.


Patients with pressure sores at nursing home admission are excluded, but their subsequent MDS reassessments are included in the numerator if the sore has not healed.

Statistics are calculated based on data from five target quarters occurring between 2000 and 2002.

See CMS website for exact measure specification:

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