Pressure sores in a Christian Science Sanatorium

J. H. Holmes, J. M. Guileyardo, J. J. Barnard, V. J M DiMaio

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-11
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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