Which patient groups are at increased ricks 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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In patients with normal sensitivity, mobility, and mental faculty, pressure injuries are unlikely. Conscious or unconscious feedback from the areas of compression leads them to change position, thereby shifting the pressure from one area to another long before any irreversible ischemic damage occurs. In individuals who cannot avoid long periods of uninterrupted pressure, the risk of necrosis and ulceration is increased. These individuals cannot protect themselves from the pressure unless they consciously change position or are helped to do so.


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