Developing a Protocol for Intensive Care Patients at High Risk for Pressure Ulcers

Racco, Marian; Phillips, Beverly
June 2010
Critical Care Nurse;Jun2010, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p77
Academic Journal
The article discusses the potential contributors to the development of protocol for an obese patient in the Hunterdon Medical Center's intensive care unit (ICU) in New Jersey who had a unit-acquired stage III pressure ulcer. These contributors include morbid obesity, mechanical ventilation requiring the head of patient's bed to be elevated at least 30 degrees, and high vasopressor requirement. Findings of a literature review regarding the case of the said patient is also provided.


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