What are the predictive factors 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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A simple clinical prediction rule based on five patient characteristics may help identify patients who are at increased risk for pressure injury development and thus in need of preventive measures. Detection of a stage 2 or worse pressure injury during admission to the hospital is directly related to the following independent predictors of pressure injuries [171] :

  • Age
  • Weight at admission
  • Abnormal appearance of the skin
  • Friction and shear
  • Planned surgery in the coming week

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