We reviewed the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office records of all individuals who had died in a local Christian Science Sanatorium during a 5 1/2 -year period. Of 116 such patients, only 13 (11%) had pressure sores (decubitus ulcers). In 10 of these patients, the sores were described as small, superficial, and/or healing, while the other three patients had more serious ulcers. In contrast, for patients dying in nursing homes or hospitals, the incidence of pressure sores may be as high as 54-57%. It is our opinion that the difference in incidence is due to the personal and conscientious nursing care provided by Christian Science institutions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine