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Prevention of pressure ulcers in community care settings

Linda Nazarko looks at how to identify and manage these increasingly common sores

As the UK population ages and greater numbers of people are living with long term conditions, increasing numbers of people are at risk of developing pressure ulcers.1 Pressure ulcers can cause pain and suffering and require intensive community input at home. This article examines the reasons why pressure sores develop, explains how they are graded and offers information on prevention and treatment.

‘A pressure ulcer is 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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