The International Association for Enterostomal Therapy (IAET) has called upon Congress and America's health-care institutions to begin a "national attack on bedsores."
Patient statistics show an ever-increasing trend of incidents. The IAET said "almost 40% of nursing home residents are at risk to develop a bedsore; almost 60,000 people die each year from bedsores.
In addition to the suffering bedsores cause, it is estimated that they cost the health-care industry $1 billion. Each bed sore costs between $5,000 to $86,000 to heal, an average of $45,000 per bedsore.
The IAET is calling for a series of efforts to begin immediately: increased training of health-care workers; reimbursement coverage for prevention and treatment; and increased and expanded use of enterostomal nurses.
For more information, contact Fred Droz, International Association for Enterostomal Therapy, Ine, 2081 Business Center Drive, Suite 290, Irvine, CA 92715; 714-476-0268.