Pressure ulcers in infants and children
Jane Willock Senior Lecturer in Nursing, School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Paediatric Nephrology, Children’s Kidney Centre for Wales, University Hospital of Wales
Miles Maylor Senior Lecturer, School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan
Although there is no agreement about the size of the problem, there is evidence that critically ill children are more at risk of pressure ulcers than the general paediatric population. In addition to tissue damage associated with immobility, equipment and objects pressing or rubbing on the child’s skin have also been implicated in the development of pressure ulcers. To prevent disfiguring and potentially life-threatening pressure ulcers, it is important that risk factors are identified and minimised.
Nursing Standard. 18, 24,56-62. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.02.18.24.56.c3556
Published in print: 25 February 2004Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review