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Holistic treatment of pressure ulcers in community settings

Linda Nazarko looks at what nurses need to know when managing patients with these common injuries.

Around 700,000 people in the UK are living with pressure ulcers and each year 180,000 people acquire pressure ulcers.1 Many people are still living with these wounds a year later. This article explores the reasons why pressure ulcers fail to heal and urges a holistic approach to management and treatment of pressure ulcers.

A pressure ulcer is defined as: ‘A localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear. A number of contributing or confounding factors are also associated with pressure ulcers; the significance of these factors is yet to be elucidated.’2

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