Pressure Ulcers

Adair, Ann
January 2005
PN;Jan2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p45
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The article presents information on the risk of pressure ulcers developing in people with spinal-cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D). The recent death of Christopher Reeve has generated a number of questions about and interest in pressure ulcers. A pressure ulcer is a sore or wound in the skin. The most common cause is pressure, but friction, shearing, or moisture can also cause them. The most common place they occur is over bones. Pressure ulcers may not show up as wounds. They may develop deep inside the tissues and gradually work outward. When this type of wound is developing, it is difficult to find it, by the time one sees a change in skin color, the tissue below is already damaged.


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