Dissemination of microbiota between wounds and the beds of patients with pressure injuries: a cross-sectional study

Pressure injuries (PIs) are localised injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissue caused by sustained pressure1, with a reported prevalence of 9–14.5% in the elder care setting2–4. Although their prevalence is declining due to advances in prevention and treatment5, up to 30% of PIs develop infections, which is a life-threatening complication6–8. Therefore, controlling wound infections is a crucial intervention after the development of PIs … Most patients with PIs are compromised hosts due to old age and malnutrition. Thus, treatment directed at improving the overall condition of the patient (e.g., nutritional support) is provided to treat those with PIs. Additionally, breaking the route of transmission of bacteria by using dressings is recommended … read more