U.S. Hospital Pressure Injury (PI) Burden Calculator

Fill in the fields below with your data to discover the estimated burden associated with all pressure injuries in your hospital.
The burden calculator is populated with data from the literature, however, all fields can be changed to reflect your hospital situation.



Estimated Annual Cases of all PI


Estimated annual incremental LOS days for all PI Patients


Estimated annual direct variable cost for all PI Patients


Estimated annual number of patients at risk of developing a PI


Estimated number of hospitalized patients in some state of malnourishment


Odds of acquiring a PI or worsening when malnourishment present


Estimated Number of hospitalized patients with incontinence


Odds of developing or worsening a Sacral Region PI if patient incontinent


This calculator is intended to be used only for the purpose of assessing and demonstrating potential cost savings ranges under normalized hospital cost conditions. The results and outcomes are estimations only and should not be interpreted as a guarantee or warranty of similar results. It does not suggest a definitive review of actual costs and savings incurred in a hospital. Savings are estimates only and specific to the individual case. Savings may not be typical and may vary.


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