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Authors

  1. Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Thompson, Patricia RN, MS
  3. Hunter, Susan RN, MSN
  4. Hanson, Darlene RN, MS
  5. Anderson, Julie PhD, RN, CCRC

Abstract

PURPOSE: To present a comprehensive overview of current information on heel pressure ulcer (PrU) risk, development, prevention, and treatment.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care.

 

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

 

1. Identify risk factors for heel PrUs.

 

2. Describe assessment findings and staging of a heel PrU.

 

3. Discuss current heel PrU prevention and treatment.