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Hypertension 'protects against pressure ulcers'

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Patients with hypertension are less likely to develop pressure ulcers, according to Italian researchers.

Patients with hypertension are less likely to develop pressure ulcers, according to Italian researchers.

In a two-month study, involving 571 patients in ten long-term care settings, 56% of patients were considered to be at risk of developing pressure ulcers and 27% went on to develop them.

The researchers found a 'protective effect' from hypertension, which significantly reduced the risk of ulcers developing. They attributed this to the increased tissue perfusion in those with high arterial pressure.

Krzysztof Gebhardt, clinical nurse specialist for pressure ulcer prevention at St George's Hospital in south London, said: 'This makes perfect sense. Part of the healthy response to an increase in blood pressure is good circulation.'

Read this week's NT for more on this story

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