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Prevention and management of pressure ulcers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 October 2001

David R Thomas
St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


A pressure ulcer is the visible evidence of pathological changes in blood supply to the dermal and underlying tissues, usually due to compression of the tissue over a bony prominence. Pressure ulcers are one of several types of chronic ulcers of the skin, including venous stasis, diabetic ulcers, and arterial insufficiency ulcers. The differential diagnosis of pressure ulcers is imperative, since the management of each wound type differs substantially.

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© 2001 Cambridge University Press

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