Pressure Sores and Wounds
- Clearly explains pressures sores and their main causes such as friction and moisture
- Discusses the major risk factors for the development of pressure wounds such as changes in skin, lack of mobility and more
- Focuses on the different types of people who are more susceptible to pressure wounds than others may be such as those with spinal cord or cerebral damage
- Contains a list for classifying various types of pressure sores
- Allows for first-class understanding of wound types and management options
Dementia is a predisposing factor in the development of pressure wounds. A multidisciplinary approach to pressure care and pressure wound management is therefore essential in dementia patients. Pressure wounds are the most preventable chronic wounds in clinical practice and their impact can be significantly reduced by preventative measures. This chapter highlights these measures and attempts to give readers a broader understanding of the causes and types of pressure wounds.
- What is a pressure sore?
- Causes i.e. pressure, friction, shearing forces, and moisture
- Risk factors i.e. lack of mobility, changes in skin, physiological factors, intensity and duration of pressure, tissue tolerance
- Risk assessment and Risk-assessment tools
- Dementia and pressure wounds
- Classification, management, complications
- Pressure management surfaces
- Positioning and massage
- General management rules