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Identifying patients at risk of pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcer prevention is a challenge both in acute care and in community care, although prevalence is hard to determine due to differing ways of assessing and reporting both ulcers and risk of ulceration. Those who are acutely ill or have compromised mobility, or are older, or who have multiple co-morbidities are at greater risk of pressure ulcer development.

All District Nursing Staff, Greater Glasgow & Clyde

­Lynne Watret, MN, PGCertTLHE, MA, RGN, CNS Tissue Viability
Fiona Middler, BA, Master in Primary Care, Clinical Effectiveness Coordinator, Primary Care, Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Article accepted for publication: August 2012