What are risk factors for pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Those who cannot avoid long-term uninterrupted pressure over bony prominences (eg, persons who are elderly, have neurologic impairment, or are undergoing acute hospitalization [4] ) are at increased risk for pressure injuries. They cannot protect themselves from the pressure unless they consciously change position or are helped to do so. Even a highly conscientious patient with an extensive support group and unlimited financial resources may develop such injuries as a result of a brief lapse in avoidance of the ill effects of pressure. [5, 6]


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