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Pressure Injuries in Medically Complex Children: A Review

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Nashville, TN 37232, USA
Children 2017, 4(4), 25;
Received: 27 February 2017 / Revised: 29 March 2017 / Accepted: 3 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Children with Complex Health Care Needs)
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Pressure injuries are a challenging problem in the care of medically complex children. Available evidence is limited, and there are theoretical reasons to use caution before extrapolating adult data, including key differences in body composition, common locations of pressure injury, and association with medical devices. The focus of this article will be to review the definition of a pressure injury and what is known about pathophysiology, prevention, recognition, staging, and treatment of pressure injuries in children with medical complexity. View Full-Text
Keywords: children with medical complexity; pressure injury; pressure ulcer children with medical complexity; pressure injury; pressure ulcer
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