Pressure Ulcers in Neonates and Children: An NPUAP White Paper

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Abstract

Acutely ill and immobilized neonates and children are at risk for pressure ulcers, but a paucity of evidence-based research exists on which to base guidelines for clinical practice. Most prevention and treatment protocols for pressure ulcers in the pediatric population are extrapolated from adult practice. Clinical practice guidelines for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers that specifically address the needs of the pediatric population are needed. The purpose of this article is to highlight the research that is currently available and to identify gaps that need to be addressed so that science-based, age-appropriate prevention and treatment pressure ulcer guidelines can be developed.

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