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Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 7;4(4). pii: E25. doi: 10.3390/children4040025.

Pressure Injuries in Medically Complex Children: A Review.

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Nashville, TN 37232, USA. katie.freundlich@vanderbilt.edu.

Abstract

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.

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children with medical complexity; pressure injury; pressure ulcer

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