Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Timelines for When Pressure Ulcer Can Develop in Specific Clinical Setting

Acute Care: Within the first two weeks of hospitalization
Intensive Care Unit: 72 hours from admission
Home Health Care: First four weeks of admission to agency
Long Term Care: First four weeks of admission
Palliative Care: Within two weeks prior to death
Elderly Clients: First week of hospitalization
Critically Ill Children: First day of admission to hospital