Pressure ulcers can wreck your life! Preventing and managing skin problems after SCI

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Pressure ulcers can wreck your life! Preventing and managing skin problems after SCI

Abstract: This presentation illustrates why individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) need to take skin care seriously and describes the potential consequences of developing a pressure ulcer. Part 1 reviews the risks and common causes of pressure ulcers and what individuals can do to prevent them. Part 2 provides important information about skin inspection, recognizing early signs of breakdown and what immediate action individuals can take to stop further damage. The presenter also describes in detail and shows images of the different stages of pressure sores, the treatment required at each stage, and how to manage and monitor healing. Part 3 discusses flap surgery for treating pressure ulcers, who is the right candidate for surgery, surgery complications, what happens after surgery, and explains why surgery is considered the treatment of last resort. Run time: 50 minutes.

NARIC Accession Number: O18628.  What's this?
Author(s): Crane, Deborah; Hall, Beth.
Project Number: H133N060033.
Publisher(s): Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Box 356490, Seattle, Washington, 98195; 206/685-3999.
Publication Year: 2012.
Descriptor Terms: AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS, DAILY LIVING, DECUBITUS ULCERS, DISABILITY MANAGEMENT, MEDICAL TREATMENT, PARAPLEGIA, PATIENT EDUCATION, PRESSURE SORES, PREVENTION, QUADRIPLEGIA, QUALITY OF LIFE, SPINAL CORD INJURIES.