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Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment

from News-Medical.Net

A pressure ulcer, otherwise known as a common "bedsore", is a skin tissue injury caused by repeated pressure or friction. These injuries can usually be observed on a bony prominence and are most commonly seen in patients who are bedbound either due to age, illness, or a combination of the two. These factors usually prevent the patient from performing basic essential care required for their bodies, resulting in these "bedsores". A survey performed over five European countries showed an 18.1 percent prevalence of pressure ulcers among hospitalized patients in 2001 with the same survey in the United States of America giving a 15 percent prevalence. more

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