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Pressure injuries 

Pressure injuries
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Pressure injuries
Author(s):

Lesley K Bowker

, James D Price

, and Sarah C Smith

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199586097.003.0018
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date: 23 October 2019

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....

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