Cost for Pressure Injuries

What are we facing?

Pressure injuries are a common health issue that affects many individuals, particularly those with limited mobility or who are bedridden. These injuries can cause significant pain and discomfort for those affected, and can also result in significant costs for society as a whole. In fact, research suggests that the majority of pressure injuries are preventable, highlighting the need for increased awareness and proactive measures to address this issue (1).

From a health economic perspective, the costs associated with pressure injuries can be substantial. In Australia, a report published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies found that the total cost for pressure injuries in public hospitals was $9.11 billion. This figure includes direct costs, such as treatment and care expenses, as well as indirect costs, such as lost productivity and reduced quality of life for patients and their families(2).

Preventing pressure injuries requires a multifaceted approach that involves identifying at-risk patients, implementing preventative measures, and providing timely and appropriate treatment when injuries do occur. Key preventative measures include regular repositioning of patients, ensuring proper nutrition and hydration, and implementing appropriate skin care protocols. Additionally, early detection and treatment of pressure injuries is critical to preventing further damage and as well as costs.

In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the importance of addressing pressure injuries as a public health issue. The NPIAP, EPUAP and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) have worked in collaboration to develop a new pressure injury prevention and treatment clinical guideline. The intent of the collaboration is to advance international consensus in pressure injury prevention and Treatment, and provide guidance and support for Healthcare professionals and organizatoins working to prevent these injuries(1).

Despite these efforts, pressure injuries remain a significant concern in Australia and around the world. In addition to the human toll, the economic costs associated with these injuries underscore the need for continued investment in prevention and treatment efforts. By increasing awareness and implementing evidence-based strategies, we can work towards reducing the incidence of pressure injuries and improving outcomes for those affected.

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(1) European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries:
Clinical Practice Guideline. The international Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019
(2) International Journal of Nursubg Studies (2022). Pressure injuries in Australian public hospitals: A cost of illness study. Retrieved February 24, 2023,