Management of pressure ulcers in the nursing home

Gerard David Spoelhof

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Pressure ulcers are best prevented by use of a risk assessment tool and protocol-based care plans. Successful treatment depends on assessment of the entire patient as well as the ulcer. Local treatment is determined by wound characteristics; pressure relief is essential. Nutritional factors, especially protein and calories, are important determinants of healing. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, enterostomal therapists, and dietitians can be helpful resources. A minority of patients may benefit from surgical closure; electrotherapy shows promise for recalcitrant wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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