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The prevention of pressure ulcers as a disease
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PMID:  19952526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Even though they have not been diagnosed with a recognized disease, many people have or are at risk of contracting debilitating conditions. They can be referred to as being in the "ill-health zone." For example, many bedridden elderly develop pressure ulcers. The prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers should focus on two main factors: the role of pressure in the development of circulatory disorders; and increased dermal pH. In preventing the development of circulatory disorders resulting in pressure ulcers, using an air or polyurethane mattress is helpful. However, changing the mattress has little effect if the position of the bedridden person is not also changed regularly. To avoid an increase in dermal pH, caregivers should apply moisture-repellent cream and/or oil to the sacral region after careful cleansing. It is important that such preventive measures and treatment be performed daily, and caregivers should be educated on this need and subsequently monitored. Pharmacists have a role in caring for those in the ill-health zone.
Kenichi Negishi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Yakugaku zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan     Volume:  129     ISSN:  0031-6903     ISO Abbreviation:  Yakugaku Zasshi     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413613     Medline TA:  Yakugaku Zasshi     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  jpn     Pagination:  1483-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Center for Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Musashino University, Tokyo, Japan.
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