Which patient groups are at highest risk of developing 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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Prime candidates for pressure ulcers include the following [15] :

  • Elderly persons
  • Persons who are chronically ill (eg, those with cancer, stroke, or diabetes)
  • Persons who are immobile (eg, as a consequence of fracture, arthritis, or pain)
  • Persons who are weak or debilitated
  • Patients with altered mental status (eg, from the effects of narcotics, anesthesia, or coma)
  • Persons with decreased sensation or paralysis

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