Pressure ulcer treatment in a patient with spina bifida
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Pressure ulcer treatment in a patient with spina bifida

Michelle Porter Tissue viability nurse specialist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk
Jenny Kelly Independent tissue viability nurse consultant, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Pressure ulcers can have a significant effect on patients’ health and quality of life. They may also be associated with increased treatment-related costs, including product selection, length of interventions, prolonged hospitalisation, and resources and time required to care for patients. Pressure ulcers may be more common in patients with comorbidities. This article presents a case study of a man with spina bifida who was admitted to hospital with a pressure ulcer on his chest. It examines the clinical and social issues that affected the patient’s wound healing, with the aim of identifying appropriate assessment and management of such patients.

Correspondence michelle.porter@qehkl.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 28, 35,60-69. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.04.28.35.60.e7943

Received: 31 May 2013

Accepted: 15 August 2013

Published in print: 30 April 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review