Pressure Ulcers: What You Should KnowBy Paralyzed Veterans of America
(Pages: 45) Publication Date: 2002
Handbook, written for people with spinal-cord injury (SCI) and their caregivers, about the care and prevention of pressure ulcers. A pressure ulcer is defined as a wound or injury, usually caused by unrelieved pressure on bony prominences of the body, which results in damage of underlying tissue. Risk factors for pressure ulcers are defined, as well as common ulcer sites. The appearance and stages of development of pressure ulcers are discussed, and advice is given on how to identify an emerging ulcer and when to seek medical help. Complications of pressure ulcers are discussed as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Preventative strategies discussed include the use of various types of support surfaces such as pressure-reducing bed mattresses and overlays, and wheelchair cushions made of foam, fluid- or air-filled, or composed of a combination of materials. Preventative measures also discussed are ways to check supportive equipment for damage or malfunction, and proper nutrition and adherence to prescribed medical and exercise regimens. A glossary of medical terms and a resource list for people with SCI are appended.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Website:http://www.pva.org)