What is the role of pressure reduction in the management 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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The first step in healing a pressure injury is determination of the cause (ie, pressure, friction, or shear). [5, 82, 83] Turning and repositioning the patient remains the cornerstone of prevention and treatment through pressure relief. Patients who are capable of shifting their weight every 10 minutes should be encouraged to do so. Repositioning should be performed every 2 hours, even in the presence of a specialty surface or bed.


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