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

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

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