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  1. Jane gale

    So agree with your article. We jump up and down when we don’t have to claim it on admission. I do have one question tho, are pressure ulcers only on bony area? Can we classify them as pressure ulcers even if they are not over a bony prominence? Thanks for you assistance

    1. Laurie Pfaff

      Pressure ulcers are USUALLY over a bony prominence, but they don’t have to be. It would be anywhere on the body that is in contact with constant pressure (i.e. under a cervial collar or oxygen tubing or foley).

  2. Jane,
    Yes, pressure ulcers can develop in areas other than over a bony prominence as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear. They may also have a different shape, instead of oval or round they may resemble the shape of the object that caused the pressure, such as a catheter, tubing, or even a button.

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