Historically, pressure ulcer etiology has revolved around ischemic changes in the skin, and soft tissue. However, recent evidence has demonstrated that tissue deformation of the skin and soft tissue has earlier implications in pressure ulcer development versus just ischemia alone.
There are various levels of clinical knowledge and experience when it comes to understanding pressure ulcer etiology and appropriate management strategies. Unfortunately, most health care practitioners do not understand the pathophysiology of pressure ulcers and the extrinsic and intrinsic risks, which need to be correctly managed for successful outcomes.
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