Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice    

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Lynn Cornish Tissue viability lead, St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Somerset, England

Why you should read this article
  • To refresh your knowledge of the physiological changes associated with ageing

  • To recognise the causes and risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

  • To identify interventions you could use in your practice to prevent and manage pressure ulcers

The incidence of pressure ulcers is highest among older people with frailty. The development of pressure ulcers is a common and challenging issue in this population, which can reduce people’s quality of life and increase mortality risk. Multifactorial processes contribute to the development of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty, including age-related skin changes, comorbidities, polypharmacy, reduced mobility, inadequate nutrition and hydration, and continence issues.

This article discusses the development and management of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty. It also outlines some of the measures that can be taken by nurses and other healthcare professionals to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers developing in this population.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1405

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

lynn.cornish@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Cornish L (2022) Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1405

Published online: 21 July 2022

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