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Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000414704.48514.fb
Features: Original Investigations

Anesthesia Protocol for Heel Pressure Ulcer Debridement

O’Neill, Daniel K. MD; Tsui, Shek-man BS; Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN; Cuff, Germaine MPH, BSN, CCRP; Brem, Harold MD

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ABSTRACT: Heel ulcers are clinically challenging. Limited subcutaneous tissue covering the calcaneus bone makes the heel vulnerable to pressure injury. Adequate debridement of fibrotic, infected, and necrotic tissue is essential for healing. The authors report a standardized anesthesia protocol using regional anesthesia with sedation rather than general anesthesia for heel debridement.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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