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Preventing pressure ulcers: What you and your family can do  
Abstract:  This handout offers tips to help prevent pressure injuries, also called "bed sores" or pressure ulcers, from forming while in the hospital and at home. This condition of the skin occurs when muscles and the soft tissues of the body are squeezed against an outside surface, such as a chair or bed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date/Rev:  University of Washington Medical Center, 2008, February 1, 2017
UWMC Availability:  Patient Care Services
General Topics:  Hospital Stay; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; About UWMC
Specific Subject(s):  Skin Ulcer; Skin; Pressure Ulcer; Patient Care Procedures and Instructions
Language(s):  English; Korean
Audience:  Caregiver; Teen; Sibling; Grandparent; Parent
Format: Brochure
Reading Level: Easy
Cost: Unknown
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Health Online Citation #3512

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