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August 12, 1992

Recommendations Seek to Prevent Pressure Sores

JAMA. 1992;268(6):700-701. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490060020004

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PREVENTING pressure ulcers is "low-tech" health care in an increasingly "high-tech" world where the risk of this malady is rising.

So says Nancy Bergstrom, RN, PhD, chair of a private-expert panel advising a government agency that has just issued a series of recommendations for preventing pressure sores. She is professor of nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

More at Risk  Bergstrom notes that, as technological advances prolong the lives of older people and save the lives of trauma victims, the number of those who are at greatest risk of developing pressure ulcers increases.The 13-member panel of physicians with special interests in dermatology, family practice, and geriatrics; nurse practitioners; educators; researchers; and an occupational therapist was called by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. The agency is the newest component of the Public Health Service and it called the panel specifically to prepare guidelines for physicians, nurses,