WOUND & SKIN CARE: Treating heel pressure ulcers

January 2005 
Volume 35  Number 1
Pages 68 - 68
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    IN A PREVIOUS ARTICLE, I discussed strategies for preventing heel ulcers. In this article, I'll describe what to do if, in spite of your interventions, your patient develops a heel ulcer.

    Stage I heel ulcers appear red and often are painful. This injured tissue can recover if the heels are elevated from the bed at all times. Tight stockings and shoes should be adjusted so they don't put pressure on the heel.

    Deep tissue injury, a serious form of pressure ulcer, looks like a bruise, with purple or blue discoloration of intact skin. Although skin breakdown may be inevitable, complete pressure relief is still crucial. Consider using boots or splints.

    Figure. No caption available. If the patient has heel blisters, don't break them. Elevate the heel or place the leg in a splint or boot that suspends the ...

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