The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence as a result of pressure or pressure associated with shear. The spinal cord injury population is at great risk for pressure injuries. Up to 80% of patients with spinal cord injuries will experience pressure injury during their lifetime, and 30% are expected to experience recurrent pressure injuries. A pressure injury can seriously decrease functional independence. In addition, the financial burden to the healthcare systems is enormous. The vigilance of clinicians is necessary to prevent pressure injuries. When a pressure injury occurs, management strategies can promote healing and reduce the incidence of complications.
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