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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | June 2016

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The evidence for treating pressure injury located on the patient’s heel

The evidence for treating pressure injury located on the patient’s heel
Wound Care

Article topics: Debridement, Evidence, Heels, Pressure injury, Wound Care

This article details a literature search that aimed to find evidence for best practice in treating heel pressure injury. The article gives some background to the aetiology and presentation of heel injury, as well as detailing some of the evidence and literature that was found in the search. The results show that more good quality studies are necessary to arrive at a definition of best practice in heel pressure ulcer treatment to guide nurses. For example, there should be clear indications about how to treat the different categories of pressure damage, the surgical intervention required to repair wounds without putting patients at risk of major amputation, and more focus on the benefits of a through vascular assessment before stating any debridement.