identify individuals who may be at risk of impaired tissue viability and skin breakdown
Pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are the result of a constant deficiency of blood to the tissues over a bony area such as a heel which may have been in contact with a bed or a splint over an extended period of time. [ The surface of the skin can ulcerate which may become infected. Eventually subcutaneous and deeper tisssues are damaged. Besides the heel, other areas commonly involved are the
skin over the buttocks, sacrum, ankles hips and other bony sites of the body.
Factors which influence the development and healing of pressure ulcers:
? Pressure and shear
? Impaired or restricted mobility / activity
? Sensory impairment
? Reduced level of consciousness
? Poor nutrition and hydration
? Extremes of age*
? Poor posture or inadequate support
? Previous pressure damage
? Acute, chronic and terminal illness
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