Pressure ulcer risk in the peri-operative environment
Eileen M Scott Post-doctoral research fellow, Centre for Clinical Management Development, University of Durham, RCN’s Peri-operative and Surgical Nursing Forum
Richard Buckland Tissue viability specialist nurse, Easington Primary Care Trust, County Durham
Every patient attending the operating theatre will at some stage be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer. Some of the important issues associated with pressure ulcer risk in the peri-operative environment are discussed. There are gaps in the knowledge base and a need for further research. These factors should be taken into account by peri-operative nurses in the care of surgical patients.
Nursing Standard. 20, 7, 74-86. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.10.20.7.74.c3989Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review