Support surfaces and their use in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers

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Abstract

Pressure ulcers are an important health concern. A wide range of options are available for their prevention and treatment. Support surfaces are building blocks in the endeavor to reduce or relieve interface pressures. This article examines and classifies support surfaces, provides critical assessment criteria for patient selection, and discusses areas to be evaluated in the selection of support surfaces. (J ET NURS 1993;20:251–60)

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