Skin assessment of patients at risk of pressure ulcers
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Skin assessment of patients at risk of pressure ulcers

Nicola L Whiteing Lecturer in adult nursing, School of Community and Health Sciences, City University, London

The incidence of pressure ulcers in the community and in acute settings is a concern for patients and healthcare professionals. The high cost to healthcare services of treating individuals with pressure ulcers means prevention is much cheaper than cure. Nurses have a responsibility to implement and participate in prevention programmes to decrease the incidence of pressure ulcers. Assessment is the first stage in prevention. This article focuses on the assessment of pressure areas, providing the reader with the knowledge of where and when skin assessment should take place and what needs to be assessed.

Nursing Standard. 24, 10, 40-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.


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