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Pressure Sores

  • Thomas G. Cooney
  • James B. Reuler

Abstract

A pressure sore is one of those common clinical problems to which many physicians have been exposed, but about which few possess any knowledge. In part, this is due to the facts that these festering wounds often occur in patients who are deemed “undesirable,”1 that their management is frustrating and fatiguing for both physician and patient, and that the topic is viewed as intellectually unattractive by health care providers. This lack of interest has led to inadequate attention to prevention, the institution of ineffective therapeutic measures, increases in health care expenditures, and adverse impacts on patient morbidity and mortality. In this chapter, we will review the salient features of the pathophysiology and management of pressure sores, highlighting issues that are particularly germane to the geriatric population.

Keywords

Pressure Ulcer Surgical Debridement Pressure Sore Arch Phys Pressure Relief 
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  • Thomas G. Cooney
  • James B. Reuler

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