Pressure ulcer risk assessment in patients with darkly pigmented skin

Prof Nurse. 2004 Feb;19(6):339-41.


Traditionally, nurses have been taught to look for areas of skin redness as the first signs of pressure damage to a patient's skin. However, in patients with black skin many early signs of damage may not be so visible. This paper describes the holistic approach nurses should take to assessing a person with darkly pigmented skin for pressure damage.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Black People
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pressure Ulcer / diagnosis*
  • Pressure Ulcer / nursing*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Pigmentation*