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The cause, prevention, and treatment of pressure sores.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1921959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pressure sores are a common, expensive, and preventable complication of paralysis. They are the result of ischemia produced when tissue is compressed and distorted by pressure exerted between a bone and an external hard surface for an extended period of time. Prevention involves control of the two variables of pressure and time. Pressure can be minimized by using various pressure-reductive devices in the form of mattresses and cushions. Control of time involves scheduled position changes. If pressure sores occur, treatment consists of keeping the sore completely pressure free and clean. Grades I and II sores usually need no further treatment. Grades III and IV sores heal faster and more effectively when treated surgically.
R M Woolsey; J D McGarry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurologic clinics     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0733-8619     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurol Clin     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-21     Completed Date:  1991-11-21     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8219232     Medline TA:  Neurol Clin     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  797-808     Citation Subset:  IM    
St. Louis University, School of Medicine, Missouri.
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MeSH Terms
Pressure Ulcer / etiology*,  prevention & control,  therapy

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