Pressure ulcer prevention and management: the current evidence for care

AACN Clin Issues. 2003 Nov;14(4):411-28. doi: 10.1097/00044067-200311000-00003.


Pressure ulcers, a common occurrence across healthcare settings, are a costly phenomenon. Since the publication of the AHCPR Guidelines on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment in the 1990s, additional attention has been focused on pressure ulcer prevention and management. This article discusses current evidence regarding known causes of pressure ulcers, pressure ucler prevention, pressure ulcer classification and assessment, and interventions to effectively manage pressure ulcers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use
  • Beds / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Pressure Ulcer / therapy*
  • Risk Management
  • Skin Care*


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local