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Skin failure: A new paradigm

from GeriPal

Skin failure is an emerging concept that deserves wider acceptance, particularly in the palliative care setting. Clinicians have long recognized that skin failure exists, but adoption of the name has been limited due to lack of a universally accepted definition. Terms, such as Kennedy Terminal Ulcer, Skin Changes at Life's End, and the Trombley-Brennan Terminal Tissue Injury, have been advocated to describe skin breakdown in patients who are dying. However, this nomenclature does not fit into the clinical course of wounds that have similar characteristics in patients who recover from critical illness but have residual pressure injury. The term "skin failure" assembles these phenomena into an easily understandable and more clinically accurate term. more

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