oa Professional Nursing Today - The prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers : wound care



Pressure ulcers are still among the most costly, yet preventable injuries and they have a high prevalence and incidence in acute and long-term care. This age-old problem is commonly referred to as decubitus ulcers, bed sores or pressure ulcers. The aim of this article is to define what pressure ulcers are and to discuss the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Risk assessment plays an important role in the prevention of pressure ulcers. This article will also provide the professional nurse with tools for this assessment.


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