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Br J Community Nurs. 2001 Jul;6(7):329-35.

Principles for pressure ulcer prevention in the community.

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  • 1Nursing, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London.


This article aims to examine the prevention of pressure ulcers in the community. Pressure ulcers continue to cause needless distress and anxiety for patients, carers and their families. Health professionals in the community often face extreme challenges when caring for patients who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. This could be due to lack of appropriate assessment skills and having insufficient time to conduct an appropriate assessment. Having an understanding and awareness of the function of the skin and the aetiology of pressure ulcer development can assist the health professional in attempting to take a proactive approach to prevent pressure ulcer formation in the community setting.

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