What is the most common complication of 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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Infection is the most common major complication of pressure injuries. The offending pathologic organisms can be either anaerobic or aerobic. Aerobic pathogens commonly are present in all pressure injuries, [58] whereas anaerobes tend to be present more often in larger wounds (65% in grade 3 and above). [59]


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