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Pressure ulcers and occipital alopecia in Operation Iraqi Freedom polytrauma casualties.
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PMID:  19055180     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Several of the casualties from Operation Iraqi Freedom arriving at one Veterans Administration (VA) polytrauma rehabilitation center (PRC) were noted to have occipital pressure ulcers or hair loss. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and severity of pressure-related injuries in VA PRC admissions. METHODS: A retrospective review of admissions from active duty from 2004 to 2006 was performed. RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent of admissions to this VA PRC had pressure-related injuries on the day of admission. Casualties from Iraq had a higher rate of pressure ulcers (53%) than did those from elsewhere (22%). Occipital lesions constituted 50% of non-stage I pressure ulcers and were more severe than those of the sacrum or extremities. CONCLUSIONS: Further epidemiological research should be performed to identify risk factors for pressure injury in the military continuum of care, by linking specific military medical evacuation and treatment processes and characteristics of casualties with outcomes.
Jeffrey J Harrow; S Lea Rashka; Shirley G Fitzgerald; Audrey L Nelson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  173     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-05     Completed Date:  2009-01-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1068-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Spinal Cord Injury and Research Services, Tampa VA Medical Center, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alopecia / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  etiology
Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
Iraq / epidemiology
Iraq War, 2003 -*
Middle Aged
Military Medicine*
Military Personnel*
Pressure Ulcer / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  etiology
Quality of Health Care
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology
Young Adult

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