Introduction to pressure ulcers
Mölnlycke Health Care recognizes the challenges faced by healthcare practitioners in treating and preventing pressure ulcers (PU). The information contained within this pressure ulcer section is designed to help you develop your knowledge on pressure ulcers and also share with you some of the solutions that Mölnlycke Health Care offer to help you treat and prevent pressure ulcers within your patient population.
A pressure ulcer may be defined as a “localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear. A number of contributing or confounding factors are also associated with pressure ulcers; the significance of these factors has yet to be elucidated”1.
Pressure ulcers are not a new phenomenon – Literature reports the presence dating back thousands of years however recent decades have seen growing body of knowledge and research leading to development of practice guidelines, risk assessment tools and preventative programmes. For example there has been a 960% increase in publications focusing on pressure ulcers between 1990-2008.2