How are pressure ulcers prevented in patients with West Nile virus infection?

Updated: Apr 02, 2018
  • Author: Jess D Salinas, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The development and progression of a pressure ulcer can deeply affect the type, length, and cost of a patient's rehabilitation. Pressure ulcers are caused by prolonged pressure, shear forces, friction, and maceration.

Means of preventing this complication include close monitoring of potential ulcer sites, frequent repositioning to reduce pressure on vulnerable areas, ensuring that adequate nutrition is provided, and cleaning and drying sites of perspiration, urine, or feces.

Once a pressure ulcer develops and progresses, more severe complications (eg, wound infection, bacteremia, osteomyelitis) may enter the clinical picture.

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