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Neonatal Pressure Ulcer Prevention

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The incidence of pressure ulcers in acutely ill infants and children ranges up to 27 percent in intensive care units, with a range of 16–19 percent in NICUs. Anatomic, physiologic, and developmental factors place ill and preterm newborns at risk for skin breakdown. Two case studies illustrate these factors, and best practices for pressure ulcer prevention are described.
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Keywords: BRADEN; PRESSURE ULCER; PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION; SKIN; SKIN CARE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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