How are pressure sores prevented during the ED treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Prevent pressure sores. Denervated skin is particularly prone to pressure necrosis. Turn the patient every 1-2 hours. Pad all extensor surfaces. Undress the patient to remove belts and back pocket keys or wallets. Remove the spine board as soon as possible.


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