Preventing heel pressure ulceration- a guide for nursing practice.

Davies, P. (2018) Preventing heel pressure ulceration- a guide for nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 33 (7). pp. 69-76.

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Abstract

The heel remains a common site for pressure ulcer development, particularly in people who are supine or semi-recumbent with immobility. There is very little protective subcutaneous tissue and no muscle or fascia within the heel making it vulnerable to pressure, friction and shear forces. Heel pressure ulceration remains a clinical challenge for the nursing profession and the wider healthcare team, as well as a focus of pain and physical debilitation for the patient. This article critically reviews the risk factors to heel ulceration and examines patient assessment and the specific measures to prevent the development of heel pressure ulcers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Quality of Care
Depositing User: Patricia Davies
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 09:20
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6480

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