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Pressure ulcer prevention is a challenging task in the healthcare field Healthcare professionals have made progress in pressure ulcer prevention but patients still get pressure ulcers today With proper education on symptoms and prevention nurses can treat pressure ulcers early and heal them before they get to a point that healing is slowed or no longer an option Approximately one million pressure ulcers occur in the United States each year Patients of highest risk are elderly patients and critically ill patients Sommer 2011 pressure ulcers 1 It is a nurses job to know the staging of pressure ulcers Also knowing risk factors and symptoms is a critical component to preventing pressure ulcers The skin is composed of two layers the dermis which is the deeper layer and the epidermis being the outermost layer Pressure ulcers occur when there is a localized injury to either the epidermis or the dermis of the skin Injury to the dermis is more difficult to assess at the beginning stage Pressure ulcers normally occur over bony prominences and result from excessive pressure to that location The most common site for pressure ulcers is the sacrum with the heels being a close second There are a few influencing factors for the development of pressure ulcers These factors intensity of the pressure duration of pressure and the ability of the patients skin to handle pressure applied to it Lewis Dirksen Heitkemper Bucher Camera 2011 p 199 When thinking about the elderly being a high-risk category for pressure ulcers most of the skin on the elderly is very thin and frail so it only makes sense that they would be at risk Critically ill patient are at high risk because of the long duration and intensity of pressure There are several other factors that put patients at a higher risk for pressure ulcers
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