What skin care is needed following surgery 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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Skin care must be performed daily. This involves careful inspection of all skin surfaces to identify areas of impending breakdown before the breakdown occurs. (An often overlooked detail is to remove compression stockings and inspect the heels.) Skin should be washed with soap and water and completely dried. Moisture should not be allowed to accumulate on the skin or in clothing or bedding, nor should the skin be allowed to become overly dry and scaly. Skin moisturizers are useful to maintain the appropriate level of moisture at the skin surface.


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