Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: There remains a dearth of studies
investigating pain and pressure ulcers. The 2 studies noted by Ms Dallam substantiate
what is commonly known in the wound care community, that pressure ulcers can
be painful. Severe pain within or surrounding the ulcer may indicate the presence
of infection or vascular insufficiency. Thus, health professionals should
assess for pain during routine dressing changes and debridements. Moreover,
new accreditation standards require that a patient's pain status should be
assessed regularly and appropriate pain relief should be administered.1
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