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Dan R. Berlowitz M.D., M.P.H. & Spencer Van B. Wilking M.B., B.S., M.P.H.

In: Improving Care in the Nursing Home: Comprehensive Reviews of Clinical Research

Chapter 4: Pressure Ulcers in the Nursing Home

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Pressure Ulcers in the Nursing Home
Pressure ulcers in the nursing home
DanR.BerlowitzM.D., M.P.H.
SpencerVan B.WilkingM.B., B.S., M.P.H.
Introduction

The past several years have witnessed a growing interest and awareness on the topic of pressure-induced skin injury. Pressure ulcers are now appropriately recognized as a complex problem whose prevention and treatment challenges the entire interdisciplinary team including physician, nurse, nutritionist, physical therapist, and pharmacist. In addition, pressure ulcers are being used by administrative and quality assurance personnel to monitor the process and outcome of care. Despite this broad interest, substantial deficits in knowledge about pressure ulcers exist, which a rapidly expanding research literature is just beginning to address. This literature spans such diverse medical topics as the evaluation of prediction rules, high-technology beds, and genetically engineered tissue growth factors. ...

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