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Controversies in classifying and assessing grade 1 pressure ulcers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12715567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Disagreement on how to assess grade 1 pressure ulcers has partly come about because there is no national grading system. There is debate about whether grade 1 ulcers are characterised by blanching or non-blanching erythema, whether damage starts at the epidermis or deeper at the interface of soft tissue and bone, and whether grade 1 ulcers are reversible. Purple ulcers are sometimes considered grade 1 tissue damage when, in fact, they signify full thickness skin loss. A review of the evidence can help to clarify the matter.
Elaine Bethell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing times     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0954-7762     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Times     Publication Date:    2003 Apr 1-7
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-28     Completed Date:  2003-07-28     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0423236     Medline TA:  Nurs Times     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-5     Citation Subset:  N    
City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham.
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MeSH Terms
Nursing Assessment*
Nursing Diagnosis
Pressure Ulcer / classification,  etiology,  nursing*,  prevention & control
Risk Assessment

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