Deep Tissue Pressure Injuries: Identification, Treatment, and Outcomes Among Critical Care Patients

Joyce M. Black, Christine T. Berke

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Abstract

Deep tissue pressure injury (DTPI) is a serious form of pressure injuries. The condition remains invisible for up to 48 hours and then progresses rapidly to full-thickness skin and soft tissue loss. Many other conditions that lead to purple skin can be misidentified as DTPI, making the diagnosis difficult at times. A thorough history exploring exposure to pressure is imperative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-572
Number of pages10
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Critical care nursing
  • Deep tissue pressure injury
  • Intensive care unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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