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May 7, 2003

Management of Pressure UlcersManagement of Pressure Ulcers

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2209-a

To the Editor: Dr Lyder1 cited an article by Knox et al2 to assert that to prevent pressure ulcers, "A 2-hour repositioning schedule should be the minimum interval for patients at risk." This statement could be interpreted to mean that repositioning patients more frequently than every 2 hours is an unnecessary burden on an already stressed hospital staff. I suggest that these data more appropriately support a maximum interval of 2 hours between position changes, that is, patients ideally should be repositioned more frequently than this interval, but at least every 2 hours.