The VCU pressure ulcer summit: The search for a clearer understanding and more precise clinical definition of the unavoidable pressure injury

Oscar M. Alvarez, C. Tod Brindle, Diane Langemo, Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, Diane L. Krasner, Mary R. Brennan, Jeffrey M. Levine

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of the Unavoidable Pressure Ulcer Committee (of the VCU Pressure Ulcer Summit) that was tasked with addressing key issues associated with pressure injuries that are unavoidable or unpreventable. Our goals were (1) to clarify nomenclature and descriptions surrounding "terminal ulceration," (2) to describe the medical complications and comorbid conditions that can lead to skin failure and/or terminal ulceration, (3) to describe the variable possible causes of unavoidable pressure injuries, and (4) to present clinical cases to exemplify pressure injuries considered to be unavoidable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-463
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Charcot's decubitus ominosus
  • Deep-tissue injury
  • Kennedy terminal ulcer
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Skin Changes at Life's End (SCALE)
  • Skin failure
  • Trombley-Brennan terminal tissue injury
  • Unavoidable pressure injuries

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