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Heel Pressure Ulcers: Stand Guard

Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN; Thompson, Patricia RN, MS; Hunter, Susan RN, MSN; Hanson, Darlene RN, MS; Anderson, Julie PhD, RN, CCRC

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: June 2008 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p 282-292
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000323506.53154.4a
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE To present a comprehensive overview of current information on heel pressure ulcer (PrU) risk, development, prevention, and treatment.

TARGET AUDIENCE This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care.

OBJECTIVES After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

This continuing education activity presents a comprehensive review of the known risk factors associated with pressure ulcer development, specifically on the heel, as well as the research found concerning prevention and treatment strategies.

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN • Distinguished Professor Emeritus • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Patricia Thompson, RN, MS • Clinical Assistant Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Susan Hunter, RN, MSN • Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Darlene Hanson, RN, MS • Clinical Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Julie Anderson, PhD, RN, CCRC • Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Dr Langemo, Ms Thompson, Ms Hunter, and Ms Hanson, have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interest regarding this educational activity. Dr Anderson has disclosed that she was affiliated with VistaMed, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. All staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationship with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc, has identified and resolved all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.