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Heel ulceration – an exploration of the issues

Ousey, Karen (2009) Heel ulceration – an exploration of the issues. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, 13 (2). pp. 97-104. ISSN 1361-3111

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This article presents an exploration of some of the issues that require
consideration in relation to the assessment and prevention of heel ulceration. The
number of older people in the United Kingdom (UK) is rising with the fastest growing
age group in the population being those aged 80 years. They currently constitute
4.5% (2,749,507) of the total population, this age group has increased by over 1.1
million between 1981 and 2007 (1,572,160 to 2,749,507), from 2.8% to 4.5% leading
us to believe that the incidence of pressure ulcers may also rise. The prevention and
management of pressure ulcers in orthopaedic patients, especially those on the
heel, has been a long standing dilemma for nursing staff. The heel has been identified
as the second most common site, accounting for up to 28% of all reported pressure
ulcers. Authors have argued that heel ulcerations are notoriously difficult to
heal and that management and treatment can be costly

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Institute for Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention
Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 12:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:48


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