Pressure ulcers are an unfortunate complication for many people with poor sensation or mobility. The formation of pressure ulcers is quite complex with multiple influencing factors. However, by definition, pressure ulcers cannot form without forces on tissue. Clinical interventions typically target the magnitude and/or duration of these forces. Magnitude is managed by the selection of mattresses and postural supports. Duration is addressed via turning and weight shifting frequency. This article presents evidence supporting these and other clinical interventions that are commonly used in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the home.
Volume 48 Number 3, 2011
Pages 203 — 214
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