Pressure necrosis in geriatric patients

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The elderly remain one of the highest at–risk groups for pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers form due to the intensity and duration of pressure; high intensity leads to deep tissue injury (DTI). DTI pressure necrosis appears as purple or maroon tissue in tissue subjected to pressure and therefore is not always on a bony prominence. Prevention is focused on reducing the duration and magnitude of pressure. Treatment includes topical wound care including debridement, nutrition and pressure relief on the damaged tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSkin Necrosis
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Vienna
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783709112410
ISBN (Print)9783709112403
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Nursing


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