Pressure injuries

Lesley K Bowker, James D Price and Sarah C Smith

in Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586097
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740817 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Pressure injuries

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Pressure sores 502

Compression mononeuropathy 504

Rhabdomyolysis 505

Areas of skin necrosis due to pressure-induced ischaemia found on sacrum, heels, over greater trochanters, shoulders, etc. Also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores. Incidence higher in hospital (new sores form during acute illness) but prevalence higher in long-stay community settings (healing takes months/years). Average hospital prevalence 5–10% despite drives to improve education and preventative strategies. The financial and staffing resource burden of pressure sores is huge....

Chapter.  1142 words. 

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine

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