WILLIAM M. HENDRICKS, M.D.
To the editor: In the article on management of pressure ulcers (1), elderly patients in nursing homes should be distinguished from younger, neurologically impaired patients who develop pressure ulcers. First, the distribution of pressure ulcers is different. Over half the patients that I have examined with pressure ulcers in our local 214-bed nursing home over the past 3 years had them on their heels, sides of the feet, and malleoli. Second, most of the ulcerations in nursing home patients are readily identified and may be treated in the nursing home by an interested physician. Local débridement of the ulceration including
HENDRICKS WM. Pressure Ulcers. Ann Intern Med. ;95:239. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-239_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):239.
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