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Most common causes of pressure ulcers identified

The five factors that most significantly increase the risk of pressure ulcers in acute care patients have been identified by a US study.

Nurses in California found that a Braden risk assessment score of less than 18, a serum albumin level below three, continence problems, fragile skin and being bed bound increased the prevalence of pressure ulcers.

Up to 20% of the patients in the study exhibited pressure ulcers and the most common locations on the body for them to develop were the heel, coccyx and ear.

Readers' comments (3)

  • I wonder what the UK District Nurse feels about the Waterlow Score used in residential homes? The quality of assessment?

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  • Low albumin, incontinence, fragile skin, being bed bound, increases risk of pressure ulcers! Mind blowing new information eh?

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  • how much did it cost to do this study i wonder. the mind boggles

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