Why is a thorough physical exam necessary for patients with 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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A thorough physical examination is necessary to evaluate the patient’s overall state of health, comorbidities, nutritional status, and mental status. The patient’s level of comprehension and extent of cooperation dictate the intensity of nursing care that will be required. The presence of contractures or spasticity is important to note and may help identify additional areas at risk for pressure ulceration.


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